BURLEY — Former Cassia County Commissioner Clay Handy is running for seat B in District 27 of the Idaho House of Representatives as a Republican.
“I think my experience is worth something,” Handy said. “I am committed to the community and I support it.”
Handy, 67, says he can see the big picture and knows how to inspire people to work together.
“And I know how to negotiate,” he said. “Some people think you can’t negotiate politics, but I think you have to come to an agreement.”
Handy decided to run because “I was shocked by the government closing businesses because of what could happen,” he said. “It really bothered me that small businesses were closed and big businesses were still open.”
Liberty must be protected and the Constitution upheld, he said.
Handy worries about the government’s expanding reach, including in schools.
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Water, he said, is also high on his list of problems.
Handy is a fourth-generation Idahoan and owns Handy Truck Line, a business started by his great-grandfather.
He graduated from Brigham Young University with a business degree. He is married to Kristine Handy and they have six children and 18 grandchildren.
He served on the Burley City Council for eight years and the Cassia County Commission for eight years. He has served on numerous boards, including Cassia Regional Hospital for 13 years and served as chairman of that board for eight years. He also served on the hospital’s foundation board.
Handy is the president of the Burley Development Association and has served on the board for over 30 years.
He has also served on the Burley Transportation Advisory Board and the Idaho Trucking Association as well as other regional and state transportation advisory boards.
“I’m a good consensus builder,” Handy said. “I spent a lot of time on board meetings to find an agreement.”