Jim Guthrie announces candidacy for open senate seat

May 6, 2012

State Representative Jim Guthrie today announced his candidacy for the State Senate. In announcing his candidacy, Guthrie stated, “I believe my background and experience in small business and agriculture combined with my service as a Bannock County Commissioner and as a State Representative make me uniquely qualified for this open Senate seat in District 28.  I will be an effective voice and a strong advocate for business, agriculture, education, and industry for Bannock and Power Counties in the State Senate.”

Guthrie continued, “Job growth, economic development, education, taxes, and health care are all issues that I am focused on. My diversity, experience, and work ethic will afford Bannock and Power Counties a Senator with the common sense and ability to make intelligent decisions.”

Following re-districting, the new Legislative District 28 includes Power County, south Bannock County, east and north portions of Pocatello, and Chubbuck.

This past week, State Senator Diane Bilyeu announced her retirement from the Idaho Legislature at the end of her current term. Following Bilyeu’s announcement, Guthrie said, “I want to thank Diane Bilyeu for her many years of service as a State Legislator and as Bannock County Assessor. She has been a dedicated public servant. I personally wish her the best for the years ahead.”

Both lifelong residents of the Marsh Valley area, Jim Guthrie and his wife Barbara have been married for over 35 years. They have three children: Rye, Lexie, and Zach, and five grandchildren.

Guthrie was first elected to the Bannock County Commission in 2000 and was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010.

Guthrie worked as a union journeyman carpenter from 1974 to 1979 and at Ash Grove Cement from 1979 to 1993. While at Ash Grove Guthrie served as union president for the United Cement, Lime, Gypsum, and Allied Workers Local 234, and later served in a supervisory capacity at the plant. He has also been involved in the construction and excavation business over the years having built several homes in the Marsh Valley area.

Jim Guthrie has been active in his community on a number of fronts. He served for five years as a trustee on the Marsh Valley School Board. Guthrie has also served on the boards of the Inkom Cement Employees Credit Union, Portneuf Medical Center and the McCammon Ditch Company. He has coached little-league baseball and youth basketball.

From 1993 until his election to the county commission Guthrie was self-employed as a rancher and business owner. He and Barbara currently run two small businesses and a 200 head cow-calf beef operation.

Idaho State Journal 3/1/2012