Kevin Fochs

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Kevin Fochs
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Montana House of Representatives, District 60
Former candidate
PartyRepublican
Education
High schoolHarlowton High School
Bachelor'sMontana State University
Master'sMontana State University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
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Kevin Fochs was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 60 of the Montana House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Fochs' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Energy

We need to push for environmentally responsible development of our natural resources to meet energy demands. Electricity usage is projected to be up by 35% by the year 2030 and today almost 50% of America's electricity comes from coal. We can't afford to overlook that! Let's find a clean efficient way to make coal environmentally sound and meet this challenging demand. Let's continue to expand on our renewable energy like wind, nuclear, and solar and also explore innovative technologies such as fuel cells and energy development still in its infancy. But let's not give up on the effective use of current resources such as hydroelectric, oil, gas, ethanol and coal. Exploration of new types of energy is a challenge but let's use American ingenuity that will allow us to effectively and efficiently develop our natural resources. Why do we export jobs with our coal and import pollution from other countries. By investing more in research, training skilled energy professionals and abandoning the red tape of continuous litigation over permitting for new development we can meet energy demands. By finding clean and effective ways of burning coal we can make Montana's economy stronger. I support the use of all current energy alternatives and hope the future of energy development in Montana will help us become a leader in providing energy to our nation, and leading the way to American energy independence. Montana's economy depends on our ability to use our natural resources wisely. Let's develop our existing resources using good management practices and appropriate environmental stewardship to build that economy.

Montana's Budget
I think we need to be responsible with our budget by not spending more than we are taking in and making cuts that provide for long-term stability. I think we can do that by creating jobs, investing in education and making government more efficient and effective. We need to provide for our children's future and not leave them burdened with past debt.

Community
My 26 years in Livingston have provided me with an excellent practical knowledge of the needs of our community and our state. I have seen many changes in Livingston over my history here and I love the people, the opportunities, the location, the beautiful surroundings wind and all. We can keep our community strong and vibrant by supporting small business through provisions which will enhance the infrastructure, keep taxation to a minimum and meet the needs of progressive business owners. One goal of our community should be to provide incentives for attracting new business to our area. We should recruit industry that will help our local economy. The new hospital is a wonderful example of the enhancement and growth of the Livingston area.

Gun Rights
The second amendment guarantees the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. I strongly support that right, not just in word, but in action. I have been an avid hunter and fisherman all my life I enjoy the outdoors and want to provide that for my children and grandchildren. All citizens should have the opportunity to defend themselves and I support that right.

Education
As an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor of over 32 years I see that Montana's economy depends on education. We need to invest in education that will help our kids find progressive careers and skills needed in developing a 21st-century workforce that is competitive for tomorrow. We need to make the pay for Montana teachers competitive with other states that surround us. Technical training can be the solution for skill based education needed for welders, machinists, plumbers, electricians, nurses, mechanics, carpenters and many other skill areas. All students should be given the opportunity to further their education and college is not always the answer for everyone. Strong support for our career and technical schools is a must. We need to promote skills and trade schools to meet the demand for those needed workers. In addition, we need to find equitable funding for schools across the state while keeping local control as the key to the strong education that Montana has always provided.

Agriculture
Growing up on a family ranch in Shawmut, Montana I've owned livestock since I was eight years old. My two milk cows, an annual crop of 30 plus bum lambs and my small herd of cattle paid for my college education. I grew up in agriculture, have been involved in agriculture all my life and as a teacher of agriculture and an FFA advisor the last 32 years, I have to say yes, I understand the importance of Montana's number one industry. I will be an advocate for the agricultural industry promoting agriculture research and development to help our state be competitive in that industry. A have a strong opinion on the importance of the family farm and respect the lifestyle it has brought to many Montana's. I will continually defend private property rights and recognize the independence farmers, ranchers and landowners value.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. District 62 incumbent Reilly Neill was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Debra Lamm defeated Kevin Fochs in the Republican primary. Incumbent David Howard (R) is running for District 29 of the Montana State Senate.[4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 60 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamm 56.4% 754
Kevin Fochs 43.6% 583
Total Votes 1,337

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