Twin Falls is a hotbed of Idaho Democratic activity. A businesswoman and teacher, Catherine Talkington, is challenging GOP Rep. Stephen Hartgen for Legislative District 24 House seat. Hartgen has defunded public education and cheered as GOP leaders drove Idaho’s economy into a ravine.
Talkington, on the other hand, has devoted her life to boosting opportunities for Idaho’s youngest citizens and contributing as a small businesswoman to the state’s economy. As a business owner, she knows what it means to make a payroll and keep within a budget.
The choice may be simple but the path toward victory is not. Keep Talkington and other Idaho Dems in mind as you look for candidates to support in 2014. They need our help.
Good luck and thank you for stepping up, Catherine Talkington!
Candidate Talkington to Run Against Hartgen
TWINFALLS • First-time political candidate Catherine Talkington announced today her candidacy to run for Idaho House Seat 24B.
Running as a Democrat, she will run against two-term incumbent Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, in the November 2014 election.
The part-time education consultant is a retired high school teacher, YMCA business manager and former small business owner.
“Most of my career targeted raising educational levels of alternative students, translating into higher family standards of living,” Talkington said.
Talkington said she expects the campaign to be tough. Going against an incumbent Republican won’t be easy as a Democrat, she said. She plans to knock on every door in District 24 to let voters know she’s running and to talk to them about the issues that matter to them.
“I wish Hartgen the best as he recovers,” she said, referring to the lawmaker’s battle with a viral disease that has had him recovering in the hospital for the past two months.
Hartgen told the Times-News in October he plans to run for re-election.
She said she’s running to give voters a choice in a Republican-dominated arena. With a strong education background, she said she would serve to improve educational quality in Idaho.
“Education and jobs go hand-in-hand,” she said. “Funding is a huge issue. We can have civil discussions on this to come up with a plan of action.”
Talkington is married to Twin Falls City Councilman Chris Talkington. The couple has three daughters.