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Oakley rancher Douglas Pickett visited the Cassia and Minidoka commission meetings Monday to announce his candidacy for Idaho State Senate in District 27. Pickett, who claims farmers and ranchers need a voice in the statehouse, will challenge incumbents Dean Cameron and Denton Darrington, who have been thrown into a race by redistricting.
By C. COLT CRANE
RUPERT – Douglas T. Pickett visited Minidoka and Cassia County commissioners Monday morning to announce his plans to run for Idaho State Senate. Pickett, owner and partner at Pickett Ranch in Cassia County, will be running for the Senate seat against current senators Dean Cameron and Denton Darrington.
“We need people in the legislature who have had their hands in the soil,” said Pickett regarding his reasons for running for Senate, “I feel like we need that in the senate. We’ve got good people there who have worked hard, but it’s one thing to understand the issues and it’s another thing to know the issues.”
Pickett talked about his desires to be a representative for the agriculturists of Idaho should he be elected to the senate seat.
“A lot of decisions are made spontaneously and if you don’t have that background and knowledge of actually being there, things can slip,” said Pickett.
Pickett has had numerous leadership responsibilities in the community that include Secretary of the Oakley Valley Water Company for 14 years, District Commissioner of the Oakley Valley Cemetery for 14 years, Cassia County Farm Bureau Board Member, and a member of the Governor’s Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Advisory Taskforce in 2009.
Pickett is a current member of the State Central Committee as well as the Cassia County Republican Party Vice-Chair since 2009.
Pickett is married to the former Brady Beck of Burley and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brigham Young University.
As for his political positions, Pickett hopes to promote free enterprise and individual responsibility, governmental fiscal responsibility, the protection of state water and energy resources.
Pickett also supports the Right to Work laws and believes in equal opportunity for employment and freedom of association. Pickett also supports social and fiscal programs that sustain parental responsibility and authority as part of his policy to defend marriage and family relationships.
The Pickett Ranch is a multi-family agricultural operation that was founded in 1882 in Oakley, Idaho. Its operation has spanned over five generations of beef, lamb, potato, wheat, barley, and corn production in Cassia County.