BURLEY — Oakley rancher and farmer Douglas T. Pickett is running for seat in Idaho House of Representatives District 27 A, which represents Minidoka and Cassia counties.
The seat is currently held by House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who is running for lieutenant governor.
A Republican, Pickett was born and raised in the Burley area and operates a farm and ranch with his brothers.
“My great-grandfather lived here and I’m part of a sixth-generation family,” Pickett said.
He grows potatoes and raises beef from start to finish, including natural beef without antibiotics, steroids or growth promoters.
Pickett developed an interest in politics from a high school government teacher who kept tabs on her own political affiliation.
“I took that as an ideal and I aspire to more of that in government, I guess. Less partisanship and more freedom and thought,” Pickett said.
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Pickett’s main issues are sustainable growth, limiting government involvement in people’s lives, and controlling government growth and debt.
Also high on the list are protecting natural resources, including water and agriculture, and supporting the local economy by building on what already exists in the valley.
Pickett grew up in Oakley and served a religious mission in Germany, where he saw people pouring into West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He earned a degree in economics from Brigham Young University and married Brady Beck. They have three sons.
The couple made the decision to return to Mini-Cassia and raise their children there because of the quality of life there.
Pickett was a member of the Cassia County Republican Precinct Committee for many years and has been chair of the committee since 2014.
Pickett ran for the Senate seat in District 27 in 2012, but lost to Dean Cameron in the primary election.
“I think we have a natural involvement in politics with our company,” Pickett said. “My reason for racing, I think, comes down to our decision to come home. I want my children and the next generation to look at our community as I did and I want to leave it in good shape.