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My promise to Idaho small businesses Tommy Ahlquist | TommyForIdaho.com | Mar 15, 2018

I've started and built several businesses and personally signed my name on bank loans and the front of thousands of paychecks. I've dealt with all the ridiculous government regulations facing Idaho's job creators and know that for Idaho's economy to truly thrive - we need a fresh approach, real-world experience and a small business champion in the governor-s office.

Litster letter: Elect Tommy Ahlquist Dave Litster, Boise | Mar 14, 2018

I am writing to support Tommy Ahlquist for governor. This is a rough campaign and will only get rougher as we get closer to the primary. Charges have been leveled against Tommy that he contributed to Democrat campaigns. That's true but he also supported and donated to many Republicans too. Even President Trump contributed to Democrats in the past.

Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Announces Endorsement, Financial Investment in Inspire Idaho & Statewide App Development Roadshow David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Mar 12, 2018

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced his endorsement and financial investment in Inspire Idaho along with the program’s Statewide App Development Roadshow. From March 26-30, “The Experience Tour” will visit 20 Idaho cities to demonstrate app development, programming and how Idahoans can receive training to become part of the $6 trillion app development industry –- including hands-on demos of Apple Inc.’s Swift, Xcode and Playground.

Dr. Tommy Ahlquist files candidacy paperwork with Secretary of State David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Mar 06, 2018

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EAGLE, ID— Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today filed his declaration of candidacy paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State placing him officially on the ballot for Governor of Idaho.

KTVB Idaho Governor's Race Tommy's vision for Idaho KTVB | Feb 23, 2018

The man who was instrumental in changing the landscape of downtown Boise says his passion is health care and education.

Canyon County Lincoln Day Speech TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 19, 2018

Everywhere I travel on the campaign I share the same promises — promises I hope you hear so many times you can recite them by name — because they’re promises I’m making to you as an Idaho voter:

President Trump’s Idaho Apprentice Troy McClain Endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Governor David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 15, 2018

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced that President Trump’s Idaho Apprentice Troy McClain has endorsed his candidacy for Governor of Idaho. Having built and sold two separate companies to national organizations, Troy cites Tommy Ahquist’s successful entrepreneurial and business leadership experience and dedication to building an even better Idaho small business economy as the foundation of his endorsement.

Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Announces Statewide Farm & Ranch Coalition Leaders David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 14, 2018

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Key Leaders in Ag Join Campaign Team

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, today announced the key individuals who will serve as his Farm & Ranch Coalition Leaders from across the state – furthering the growth of his statewide grassroots organization. These amazing individuals will lead the effort to organize all of the farmers, ranchers, and dairymen from across the state who are supporting Tommy’s campaign. They join 5 Statewide Chairs, 107 County Chairs and 72 members of the Small Business coalition in leading the efforts to elect Ahlquist as Idaho’s 33rd Governor.

Mayors Endorse Dr. Tommy Ahlquist for Governor David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 5, 2018

Ahlquist Best for Small Business, Economy, Education, Healthcare and Rural Communities Cited as Reasons for Support

EAGLE, ID – Following historic tours up and down the state of Idaho, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist not only racked-up thousands of miles campaigning – but also the political endorsements of mayors from across the state. Today, Ahlquist announced the names of the following mayors who have joined his growing grassroots campaign for Governor:

Ahlquist Campaign issues statement on the Legislature’s Announcement of a ‘Regulatory Reform Subcommittee’David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 6, 2018

EAGLE, ID—The Ahlquist Campaign issued the following statement on the Legislature’s announcement of a ‘Regulatory Reform Subcommittee'

Ahlquist addresses finances, transparency, education, opioids & more Natalia Hepworth | EasternIdahoNews.com | Feb 2, 2018

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IDAHO FALLS — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist was in eastern Idaho this week and stopped by the EastIdahoNews.com newsroom for an interview.

Tommy Ahlquist for Governor Campaign Announces Raising Over $1 Million in 2017 David Johnston | Tommy for Idaho | Jan 30, 2018

First Time in Idaho History a Gubernatorial Campaign Raises Over $1 Million in Calendar Year Prior to Election

EAGLE, ID – Dr. Tommy Ahlquist’s Campaign for Governor today announced that in the first 10 months from March 1 to December 31, 2017, the campaign raised over $1 million – marking the first time in Idaho history a gubernatorial campaign has raised over $1 million in the calendar year prior to the election. This record breaking number follows the Ahlquist campaign’s July 31 financial announcement that was also the single largest mid-year fundraising total for a Governor’s race in state history.

AHLQUIST: BEST FOR BUSINESS Kevin Warner | Coeur d’Arlene/ Post Falls Press | Jan 19, 2018

Coeur d’Alene is home to many thriving businesses that need skilled labor. We need a bold new leader in the governor’s office with a fresh approach to creating a climate in which industry thrives. As an owner of several businesses, I support Tommy Ahlquist for governor. Tommy is a doer who will help Coeur d’Alene to continue to grow by lowering the burden of taxes on business owners, generate skilled workers by partnering students with industry and set an example of getting things done, just like we do in the business world. Tommy Ahlquist is a political outsider, a businessman and understands how things operate in the real world, not just the political world.

Supporting Tommy Ahlquist MaxShaffer, Inkom | Idaho State Journal | Jan 19, 2018

Let’s talk about getting things done. I’m supporting a candidate for Governor who makes real promises and has an action plan, someone who is willing to do something about the problems Idaho faces, not just talk about them. Tommy Ahlquist has promised to cut the budget by 100 million dollars in the first 100 days in office. That sounds like real action to me. We need to stop wasteful spending in Idaho and put our money towards the things that matter like improving education and transportation.

Governor Candidate Visits East Idaho Idaho Falls | Jan 18, 2018

The Bonneville County Republican Women hosted Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist Thursday in Idaho Falls.

Dozens of women and men gathered to meet and ask republican Tommy Ahlquist questions concerning the State of Idaho and where he stands on certain issues.

The Bonneville County Republican women got ‘some food for thought’ as they had lunch with the republican candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist M.D. Announces Statewide Small Business Coalition David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Feb 5, 2018

72 Small Business Leaders Join Campaign Team

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced the 72 individuals who will serve as Small Business Coalition Leaders – furthering the growth of his statewide grassroots organization. These individuals join the campaign’s four Statewide Chairs and 107 County Chairs in leading the efforts to elect Ahlquist as Idaho’s 33 rd Governor.

Meet Tommy Ahlquist in Idaho Falls December 15 Staff Writer | Dec 13, 2017 | www.localnews8.com

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Innovation Center will host Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Friday, December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting.

Fighting for Idaho's original entrepreneurs - farmers, ranchers and dairymen Dr. Tommy Ahlquist | December 13, 2017 | www.capitalpress.com

I know hard work. I know business. And I know Idaho agriculture needs someone who will always stand up for them.

Agriculture is the fabric out of which Idaho was made. Woven by the sweat and sacrifice of our farmers, ranchers and dairymen and reinforced by innovation and technology - this industry has cultivated Idaho's history as our state has grown to feed the world.

Reader Comment: Ahlquist: My Plan for Health Care December 1, 2017 | Dr. Tommy Ahlquist

As Idaho families and small businesses continue to face skyrocketing health care premiums, career politicians continue to talk and talk about the problem. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the talk. I'm tired of rhetoric. I'm ready for politicians to step aside and let those of us who've worked in the health care industry get to work - because having served as an ER doctor for 18 years - I can tell you that lowering health care premiums for hard-working Idaho families and businesses is absolutely possible. And the time to act is now.

Ahlquist: State Spending Must Not Outpace State Economic Growth David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Nov 20, 2017

It’s Time to Overhaul Idaho’s Ineffective State Spending Limit

EAGLE, ID –- Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, M.D. today announced that if elected Governor, he would work to ensure state budgets cannot grow faster than the state’s personal income by overhauling Idaho’s ineffective statutory state spending limit.

Ahlquist Campaign Statement on Campaign Finance Working Group’s financial disclosure recommendation David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | Nov 27, 2017

EAGLE, ID—The Ahlquist Campaign issued the following statement on the news of the Idaho Legislative Working Group on Campaign Finance’s recommendation on requiring candidates and elected officials disclose their financial assets:

Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist Visits Sandpoint as Part of Idaho Tour Lyndsie Kiebert, Reader Staff Writer | November 9, 2017 | www.capitalpress.com

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Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist visited Sandpoint Friday as part of his "44 counties in 44 days" tour.

Ahlquist spoke at the Sandpoint Community Hall to a group of a few dozen locals, outlining what he calls his "conservative blueprint for an even better Idaho." His platform focuses primarily on small businesses, education, healthcare, tax reform, term limits and ethics.

My Promise for the Future of Idaho November 8, 2017 | Tommy Ahlquist

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On March 1, we announced our run for governor and the career politicians laughed, making it clear they didn't think we had a chance. It was said my opponents have 27 years of combined political careers and that taking on their political machines could not be done - even by someone who's been an ER doctor and successful in business.

Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Announces Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan for Idaho State Government David Johnston | TommyForIdaho.com | September 5, 2017

Plan to be Featured in Tommy’s Upcoming 44 Day “44 County Tour” (September 21 - November 5)

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced his Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan for Idaho state government. The plan includes term limits for statewide elected officials, increased accountability and transparency measures, as well as simple taxpayer protections and lobbying and campaign finance reforms. Tommy also today announced his upcoming 44 day “44 County Tour,” during which he will discuss with Idaho voters his conservative Blueprint to Build an Even Better Idaho, which includes his Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan.

Full Interview: Six On Your Side Sits Down with Idaho GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist Staff Writer | Oct 27, 2017 | www.kivitv.com

BOISE, ID - On May 15, 2018, Idahoans will head to the polls to vote in a primary election, a big day for candidates vying for Idaho's highest position.

Boise-based businessman and former E.R. doctor Tommy Ahlquist faces Republicans Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in the Idaho GOP primary election in May. Idaho's Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has said he will not seek a fourth term and has endorsed Little.

Tommy Ahlquist Answers Your Questions and Comments on Mitt Romney's Endorsement October 26, 2017 | Kevin Miller

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Tommy Ahlquist spoke to us this morning about receiving Mitt Romney's Endorsement last night in Idaho Falls. Dr. Ahlquist took phone calls from listeners on KIDO Talk Radio. Also former US Attorney and best selling author, Chuck Ambrose, Mark Ranier, broke down the latest in the Uranium One investigation. Check out the interview here.

Mitt Romney Endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho Governor; Hundreds Turn Out for Idaho Falls Rally October 25, 2017 | Kendra Evensen | kevensen@journalnet.com

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IDAHO FALLS - More than 550 people turned out to hear gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist and his supporter, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, during a campaign rally in Idaho Falls on Wednesday evening.

The approximately 30-minute event, which was part of Ahlquist's "44 Counties in 44 Days Tour," took place at The Waterfront at Snake River Landing.

Tommy Ahlquist Holding Rally in Idaho Falls Featuring Mitt Romney

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IDAHO FALLS - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be the featured speaker at a rally for Tommy Ahlquist in Idaho Falls Wednesday evening.

The event will held at the Waterfront at Snake River Landing. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Candidate for Governor Tommy Ahlquist Meets with Residents Lisa Dayley | October 23, 2017 | www.rexburgstandardjournal.com

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Gubernatorial Republican Candidate Tommy Ahlquist met with residents Thursday at the Teton River Business Center. Ahlquist is on a "44 Counties in 44 Days" tour to meet with Idahoans.

On Thursday, Ahlquist fielded questions from a crowd of about 60 people. Ahlquist is a doctor who has also set up several businesses. He hopes to bring his business experience as well as knowledge of health care to the governor's office.

Romney Endorses Ahlquist for Governor October 25, 2017 | Jay Hildebrandt

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Hundreds of people came to a campaign rally in Idaho Falls Wednesday evening to hear Mitt Romney endorse Tommy Ahlquist for governor of Idaho.

The former republican presidential candidate talked about why he's supporting Ahlquist.

Mitt Romney Endorses Tommy Ahlquist for Idaho Governor October 25, 2017 | Associated Press

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BOISE, IDAHO - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday endorsed Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho's next governor in 2018.

Romney said in a statement distributed by Ahlquist's campaign that he's backing Ahlquist because the political newcomer's experience as a doctor and businessman has helped make him qualified for the top position.

Romney Gets Involved in Idaho Governor Race October 16, 2017 | Fox News Radio

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Mitt Romney remains a major figure in the Republican Party.

Many party regulars believe he fumbled away the Presidency 5-years-ago.  Does he have enough political magic left to boost a candidate for Idaho Governor?

Ahlquist meets voters in '44 counties in 44 days' campaign Cristle Jose | October 22, 2017 | www.kmvt.com

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Republican Tommy Ahlquist - a candidate for governor - is just around the corner to wrapping up his '44 counties in 44 days' campaign.

Ahlquist stopped by Minidoka County (and Lincoln County) Saturday to meet with Idahoans and lay out a blueprint for a greater Idaho.

AHLQUIST VISITS OSBURN ON STATE TOUR Chanse Watson | October 09, 2017 at 3:35 pm | www.shoshonenewspress.com

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OSBURN - For over ten years, Idaho has had the same man in its governor's position- Mr. Clement Leroy "Butch" Otter.

With Otter's decision to step down at the end of this term though, the race for the governor's office is wide open.

GOP Candidate Tommy Ahlquist Questioned By North Idaho Republicans MATT GUILHEM | OCT 9, 2017 | www.boisestatepublicradio.org

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist is taking heat for donations he made to Democratic candidates between 2014 and 2016. The Kootenai County GOP Committee passed a resolution condemning Ahlquist for his political contributions and questioning his Republican allegiance.

The Boise businessman hasn't shied away from records showing he contributed $8,000 to Democrats and non-partisan candidates. When asked about it in Lewiston last week, he said he's given much more to Republicans. The Spokesman Review reports since the year 2000, Ahlquist contributed nearly $22,000 to conservative organizations and candidates.

Boise developer, Ahlquist, brings record of 'getting things done David Rauzi | October 10, 2017 | www.idahocountyfreepress.com

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- "I bring real-world experience with a record of getting things done," said Tommy Ahlquist. A Republican running in the 2018 Idaho Governor race, the Boise commercial developer and former physician made a campaign stop in Grangeville last Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of his "44 Counties in 44 Days Tour."

A light group, six people, attended the noon meeting at the Grangeville Senior Center where Ahlquist hit five points - education, health care, tax reform, small business and ethics/term limits - in his "conservative blueprint" that, if elected, would direct his decision-making as governor.

44 counties in 44 days

Candidate for governor visits Latah County Katie Short, Daily News staff writer | Oct 7, 2017 | dnews.com

44 counties in 44 days

Latah County was number 14 on governor candidate Tommy Ahlquist's mission to visit all 44 counties in Idaho in 44 days, spreading his message for better education, an emphasis on small businesses, lower insurance premiums for health care and tax reform that includes a plan to save $100 million in state spending in his first 100 days in office.

Ahlquist, a Republican and Utah native, has spent the majority of his career as an emergency room doctor and commercial real estate investor in Southern Idaho. He announced his candidacy on March 1, and began his tour in late September. Ahlquist, a novice campaigner, is running against veteran Republican politicians Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Ra�l Labrador.

Ahlquist focuses on business in Lewiston stop

Idaho Republican gubernatorial candidate brings his '44 Counties in 44 Days' tour to Nez Perce County William L. Spence of the Tribune | Oct 6, 2017 | www.lmtribune.com

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Tommy Ahlquist has any number of ideas for what he'd like to accomplish as governor of Idaho, but if he had to settle on just one thing it would be to help small businesses thrive.

I believe the economy of Idaho rests on the backs of small businesses. I hope I'm remembered as the small-business governor," Ahlquist said, speaking to about a half-dozen people at the Lewiston Elks Lodge Thursday evening. "I'm going to be the business guy; we're going to fight for kids and jobs.

Idaho governor candidate lists business assets, investments October 5, 2017 | The Island Packet | Associated Press

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Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist on Thursday says he owns 25 businesses and has 27 investments worth more than $5,000, in an announcement aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to disclose his wealth.

However, the Republican's economic interest disclosure does not include a range of how much each asset is worth and does not include any of Ahlquist's possible liabilities. Unlike federal economic disclosure requirements, it is impossible to determine a range of Ahlquist's net worth under the information his campaign provided.

AHLQUIST VISITS CD'A ON 44-STOP IDAHO TOUR Maureen Dolan | Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press | October 7, 2017 | www.cdapress.com

COEUR d'ALENE - Tommy Ahlquist was a few minutes late to his Friday night campaign event in Coeur d'Alene.

But Ahlquist, a political newcomer seeking the Republican nomination in the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial election, told the crowd of about 50 who waited for him at the Kroc Center that he had a good reason for his tardiness.

Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Releases Economic Interest Disclosure David Johnston | tommyforidaho.com | October 5, 2017

Ahlquist’s Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan Would End Idaho’s Tenure as One of Two States with No Disclosure Requirements

EAGLE, ID –- Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today released his Official Economic Interest Disclosure. On September 5, 2017, Ahlquist announced his Term Limits & Ethics Reform Plan – which would require Idaho elected officials to disclose the employer and job title for themselves and their spouse, any source of income of more than $5,000, any business or organization that the official owns, or any boards on which the official sits, all investments that are worth $5,000 or more, and any real property assets.

Ahlquist running for governor as political outsider

Candidate visits Hailey on statewide tour Peter Jensen ,Idaho Mountain Express | October 4, 2017 | www.mtexpress.com

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Tommy Ahlquist is asking Idaho voters to do something they haven't in more than 100 years-elect a gubernatorial candidate with no prior experience in government.

    Ahlquist, a former doctor and commercial real estate developer in Boise, is running for governor against Lt. Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. The candidates are vying for the Republican nomination and will face off in the May 15, 2018, primary.

Gubernatorial candidate to visit Bonners Ferry October 3, 2017 | www.newsbf.com

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist will host nine "44 Counties in 44 Days Tour" events in North Idaho this week starting at noon Thursday, October 5, at the Grangeville Senior Center. He'll visit Bonners Ferry at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 7, at the Bonner's Ferry Visitors Center, and everyone is welcome.

Other North Idaho stops include the Osburn VFW Hall, E318 Mullan Avenue, Osburn, at 1 p.m., the Benewah County Federal Building, S222 7th Street, St. Maries, at 4 p.m. and at the Kroc Center, W1765 Golf Course Road, Coeur d'Alene at 7 p.m., all on Friday, October 6, and at the Sandpoint Community Hall, S204 First Avenue, Sandpoint, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, November 3.

Idaho gubernatorial candidate kicks off 44-county tour SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 1:01 AM | KIMBERLEE KRUESI | Associated Press

MERIDIAN, IDAHO - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist laid out his political agenda Thursday to hundreds of supporters in Meridian while kicking off his statewide tour to visit all of Idaho's 44 counties over 44 days.

Ahlquist promised to improve Idaho's educational system, work to lower health care premiums for Idahoans and reform the state's tax code.

BLOG: Twin Falls GOP head, Hagerman mayor throw in with Ahlquist NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com | Sep 20, 2017 | www.magicvalley.com

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The chairman of the Twin Falls County Republican Party and the mayor of Hagerman are among the locals who will be chairing Tommy Ahlquist's gubernatorial campaign in their counties.

Steve Millington will co-chair Ahlquist's campaign in Twin Falls County along with Chenele Dixon and Don Zuck, while Pete Weir is the chairman of the Treasure Valley doctor and developer's Gooding County campaign.

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong To Ride with Public at Tommy Ahlquist Event David Johnston | tommyforidaho.com | September 21, 2017

IDAHO FALLS, ID - On Monday September 25, at Snake River Landing, the public will have a chance to meet Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, Republican candidate for Idaho Governor, at a free cycling ride featuring 3-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. The easy-moderate 10-15-mile open-course ride will start at 6:00 pm at Snake River Landing, 901 Pier View Dr, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

Ahlquist to launch 44-day, 44-county tour; names 107 county chairs Betsy Z. Russell | SEPT. 20, 2017, 1:36 P.M | www.eastidahonews.com

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist plans to launch a 44-day tour of Idaho's 44 counties on Thursday, with a 7 p.m. event at the Scentsy Commons Amphitheater in Meridian. The tour will move the next day to Payette and Emmett, continue around the state and wrap up on Nov. 4 in Cascade; the full schedule is online here.

Ahlquist's campaign says every stop will include a town-hall style event, open to the public and press, at which the Boise developer and physician will share more details about his plans for the state and take questions from the public.

Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist Announces Campaign County Chairs 107 Business, Community & Conservative Leaders Join Campaign Team

EAGLE, ID - Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced the 107 Idahoans who will serve as Campaign County Chairs in all 44 counties - the beginning of his statewide grassroots organization. Tyler Hurst, who currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the Idaho Republican Party and former Chairman of the Idaho Young Republicans, will serve as the campaign's Grassroots Chairman.

Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist Announces Endorsements & Statewide Co-Chairs David Johnston | tommyforidaho.com | Agust 28, 2017

EAGLE, ID – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist today announced the endorsement of three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong, Idaho Timber Corp. and Tree Top Ranches Founder Larry Williams, LCF Enterprises and STEM Revolution President Lorna Finman, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, and Pickett Ranch Owner Doug Pickett — who will serve as Statewide Co-Chairs of the Tommy Ahlquist for Governor Campaign. They join Campaign Chairman and Idaho RNC Committeeman Damond Watkins in leading the efforts to elect Ahlquist as Idaho’s 33rd Governor.

AdWatch: New Ahlquist ad targets 'political insiders' Betsy Z. Russell, betsyr@spokesman.com, (208)336-2854 | www.spokesman.com

AdWatch: New Ahlquist ad targets

GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has launched a new TV campaign commercial repeating the claim he made in June that he'd cut $100 million from the state budget in his first 100 days if elected, but offering no new details. Instead, the new ad focuses on Ahlquist as a political outsider, suggesting that "political insiders scoffed" at his claim, but that he, as an outsider, will "prove them wrong."

Jaclyn Kettler, a BSU political scientist, said Ahlquist's anti-"political insider" message makes sense in the three-way race, in which the Boise developer and physician faces Lt. Gov. Brad Little and 1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador. "It's a message that I could see appealing to some in the Republican primary who maybe don't necessarily need deep policy debates at this point, but rather an idea of change," Kettler said.

Businessman Tommy Ahlquist says Non-Political Background Helps in Governor Race Bill Colley | May 1, 2017 | www.klewtv.com

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Idaho's gubernatorial primary election is eight months away. With Governor Butch Otter stepping down in 2018, campaigns for his replacement are heating up.

Friday Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist stopped in Lewiston for a meet and greet luncheon.

Update: Tommy Ahlquist, Candidate for Idaho Governor Dec 15, 2017 | Bill Colley

Update: Tommy Ahlquist

Tommy Ahlquist hopes to add Governor to his resume.  From what I see, he has been tireless in his effort to increase his name recognition.  He joined us on Top Story while campaigning in the Northern Panhandle.  Our discussion focused on education, transportation and cutting waste in state government.

We expect him to join us again soon for a discussion about Idaho going its own way when it comes to healthcare and the pending collapse of Obamacare.  You can hear our most recent conversation [HERE!]

GOP gubernatorial candidate unveils ethics reforms plan Kimberlee Kruesi | Dec 13, 2017 | www.idahostatesman.com

Idaho's top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist announced Tuesday as part of his 10-point plan on ethics reforms.

The sweeping reform proposal is the latest push by Ahlquist to hone his image as a political outsider.

Caldwell movie theater 'the catalyst for revitalizing downtown' Tami Tremblay | August 25, 2017 | www.ktvb.com

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CALDWELL - A big announcement was made on Friday for Caldwell. A movie theater is coming to downtown, with construction planned to start on Monday.

Building permits were submitted for the 11-screen Reel Theatre on 10th and Arthur Friday morning. With all the planning and preparation between the city and the Gardner Company, work is expected to start right away.

Gubernatorial candidates share stances on healthcare, education, public lands during Idaho Falls event Kendra Evensen kevensen@journalnet.com | www.idahostatejournal.com

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IDAHO FALLS - Three Republican candidates seeking to become Idaho's next governor shared their thoughts on health care, public lands, diversity, education and other topics during an event hosted by The City Club of Idaho Falls on Thursday.

Businessman Tommy Ahlquist, U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador and Lt. Gov. Brad Little all attended the event in front of a large crowd.

The candidates were asked what they would do to ensure all Idahoans have insurance coverage and access to quality health care.

Gardner Company to file permits for downtown Caldwell movie theater Friday Staff Writer | Dec 13, 2017 | www.idahopress.com

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CALDWELL - An 11-screen movie theater planned for downtown Caldwell is moving forward.

The city announced Gardner Company, the project's developer, will apply for a building permit for the theater Friday morning.

Little, Ahlquist, Labrador face off BRYAN CLARK

Eastern Idahoans got a chance to see the three Republicans leading the race to replace Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Thursday at a forum held by the City Club of Idaho Falls.

It's the first GOP primary forum held in eastern Idaho in recent memory, and the second major forum in which Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Rep. Raúl Labrador and developer Tommy Ahlquist have faced off.

LOCAL CEOS LINE UP WITH TOMMY AHLQUIST Mike Patrick

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COEUR d'ALENE - The Tommy Ahlquist Express rolled into the Lake City last month and has been picking up CEO-powered speed ever since.

Ahlquist, a southern Idahoan who served more than 40,000 patients as an emergency room physician before building more than 2 million square feet of commercial property in Idaho over the past 10 years, was one of the three announced Republican candidates for Idaho governor who participated in a GOP forum here July 21. But you already knew that.

What you might not have known is that before the forum, a group of a dozen regional CEOs grilled Ahlquist, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Lt. Gov. Brad Little. The scope of questions from the CEOs, who represent a broad spectrum of business interests, included health care, education, government spending, personal property tax, dealing with the state's drug problem, competing with other states for businesses and jobs, and more.

Idaho think tank defends conservative speaker, GOP distances Aug 21, 2017 | Nathan Brown

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A libertarian think tank with ties to Idaho’s top Republicans is defending its decision to invite a conservative author criticized for what some have called racist views linking intelligence to class and race.

Social scientist Charles Murray has long been labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center after the release of a book he co-authored in 1994, “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.”

BLOG: Ahlquist hopes voters want an outsider Nathan Brown | Aug 11, 2017 | www.magicvalley.com

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Tommy Ahlquist hopes voters don’t want a politician running the state.

“I believe that there’s just a hunger out there for new ideas and a fresh approach to government,” Ahlquist, who is running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, said Wednesday in an interview with the Times-News editorial board Wednesday.

Despite his lack of government experience, Ahlquist said he would do a better job, saying “you hear a lot of rhetoric and talk” in politics often, “but you don’t see action.”

Businessman entrant in Idaho governor's race states his case Rob Ruth | Aug 4, 2017 | www.argusobserver.com

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FRUITLAND — Fully nine months before the May 15, 2018 primary election, the Idaho governor’s race was in the public spotlight Wednesday in Fruitland, where Republican candidate Dr. Tommy Ahlquist put in a campaign appearance during the monthly meeting of the Snake River Economic Development Alliance (SREDA).

Ahlquist, a Boise developer whose previous career as an emergency room physician included a stint at Weiser Memorial Hospital, spoke to an audience of approximately 30 people inside a conference room at St. Luke’s Medical Center, shortly after 7 a.m.

Ahlquist campaign says he's raised more than half a million in donations, plus $378K of his own $$ Betsy Z. Russell | July 27, 2017 | www.spokesman.com

Campaign finance reports in Idaho state races are due on Monday – which is when we’ll find out who’s providing the initial funding behind the 2018 campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and more. But GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist sent out a news release today touting his fundraising, saying his campaign raised nearly $575,000 between March 1 and June 30, with more than half of the donations below $100.

Ahlquist also put in $378,000 of his own money, according to the release, bringing overall receipts to the campaign during the first reporting period to more than $950,000. The campaign spent just over $790,000; it’s been running statewide TV ads to introduce the first-time candidate.

Governor candidate releases new campaign ad featuring TV anchors Jul 19, 2017 | www.localnews8.com

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist started a new TV campaign Wednesday using TV news anchors in his ad.

The ad shows the anchors from different Idaho TV stations, including KIFI and KIDK, reading a story announcing his plans to cut $100 million in government spending in his first 100 days, if elected.

We want to make it clear, KIFI Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3 do not endorse Ahlquist or gave permission for the video to be used in his campaign.

Finding 3% Wasteful Spending Can be Done in Any Budget - Especially Idaho's State Budget

In my first 100 days as Governor, I plan to cut $100 million in wasteful and inefficient spending – just 3 percent of Idaho’s roughly $3.5 billion annual budget. I am not a politician and have spent my entire career in the real world managing budgets and finding ways to do more with less. That is what Idaho small businesses and families do. We should expect the same from our state government. Idaho has critical funding priorities including educating our children for tomorrow’s jobs, fostering a more vibrant small business economy, improving infrastructure and more – we must ensure Idaho taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.

To be clear, I’m not talking about cutting education or critical needs funding. I’m talking about cutting wasteful spending and creating savings that can be used for meaningful tax reform, our rainy day fund or to help fund important priorities in our state. After my years of outsider experience managing large budgets along with extensive conversations with state government workers – I know finding 3 percent in wasteful spending is more than achievable. In fact, it won’t even be hard.

Let me give you a couple examples:

You asked: Are GOP candidate's big Boise election banners OK? Bill Dentzer | June 28, 2017 | www.idahostatesman.com

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No election would be complete without campaign signs — or complaints about them. Given the outsize interest in next year’s state elections, both are popping up early.

A Statesman reader called in Monday to question a major new bloom of signage at the corner of Parkcenter and Park boulevards, where a new multi-tenant medical office building is going up. Wrapping around the high traffic corner are signs for Tommy Ahlquist, a Republican candidate for governor.

Idaho businessman vows to cut budget if elected governor June 15, 2017

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Political newcomer Tommy Ahlquist said June 13 he’ll slash $100 million from the state budget within his first 100 days in office if he wins the Idaho gubernatorial seat in 2018.

Ahlquist didn’t pinpoint what he plans to cut from Idaho’s general fund, which totaled roughly $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2018. Instead, he said state government should run more efficiently without wasteful spending.

“If you don’t have a culture of excellence where you demand excellence, mediocrity seeps in,” Ahlquist said in an interview with The Associated Press.

East idaho newsmakers republican gubernatorial candidate tommy ahlquistJune 12, 2017 | Nate Eaton

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In this edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton speaks with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

Ahlquist is a Boise business developer and medical doctor who has never run for political office. He is known for transforming the corner of 8th and Main from a 25-year hole in downtown Boise to the Zion’s Bank Building, now the tallest structure in Idaho. Over the last 10 years, Ahlquist has built over two million square feet of commercial property across the state.

Local farmers will grow crops to produce food additive in Weiser June 8, 2017 | Larry Meyer

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WEISER — Inulin is an organic additive in many food products, such as yogurt, and it will soon be produced at a facility at Weiser, the only one in the United States.

Officials of Intrinsic Organics, were joined by community, county and state leaders in the official groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the processing plant being built in the Weiser Industrial Park, located southeast of the City.

In addition, at least three local farmers will be growing the plants, Sunspuds, which will be processed by the company to produce the inulin, which is a dietary supplement, Dave Erlebach, owner of Intrinsic Organics, said.

Tommy Ahlquist enters governor’s race: ‘I’m running because I love Idaho’ June 8, 2017 | BILL DENTZER

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“I thought I might as well do that — he may be the next governor. Who knows?” Weir recalled this week.

Meeting at the renowned Snake River Grill, Weir told the candidate about the challenges his small community faces, but also what the community was doing to meet them. He talked about the bike path Hagerman wants to build to link to a nearby state park, hoping to attract more tourism dollars to help pay for projects like fixing roads and sewers.

“He could see what we’re trying to do to not get in the doom and gloom of things, because it is doomy and gloomy out there,” Weir said. “Small towns that don’t have a constituency of much over 900 people, if that, it’s hard to get revenues to keep streets that were built in the ’30s together, hard to put in a new sewer system.”

AHLQUIST NAMES WATKINS AS CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN Nate Eaton | June 1st, 2017 | www.eastidahonews.com

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IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Republican Committeeman Damond Watkins will serve as campaign chairman for Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

Ahlquist made the announcement Thursday and said having Watkins serve as chairman “is a great honor.”

“He is widely respected in the Republican Party and has served in leadership positions in the Idaho Republican Party for over fifteen years,” Ahlquist said in a news release. “His conservative credentials are unmatched and his deep understanding of our state will prove to be a tremendous asset to me.”

Ahlquist campaigns in eastern Idaho Bryan Clark | May 19, 2017 | www.postregister.com

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Tommy Ahlquist visited eastern Idaho on Wednesday after completing a tour of 97 cities around the state.

Ahlquist, who spent nearly two decades as a Boise physician before leaving medicine in 2015 to focus on real estate development in the Treasure Valley, is one of four Republican candidates vying to replace outgoing Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2018.

“We need fresh ideas and a new approach in this state,” Ahlquist said. “I believe with the right policies and vision from the executive branch, we can build a better Idaho.”

Tommy Ahlquist discusses run for governor May 19, 2017 | Adam Jacobs

REXBURG — As the race for Idaho’s governor begins to heat up, candidates are making the rounds to visit all corners of Idaho.

On May 17 candidate Tommy Ahlquist visited Rexburg and met with the Standard Journal for an introduction.

Ahlquist is a former emergency room doctor and small business entrepreneur. He said he plans on bringing that experience with him to the governor’s seat.

He said he believes that job growth, education and healthcare are Idaho’s top three biggest issues.

Candidate for Idaho governor wraps up 97-city tour Todd Kunz | May 17, 2017 | www.localnews8.com

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – One of the candidates for Idaho governor was in the Eastern Idaho Wednesday. Republican candidate Tommy Ahlquist made a stop in Pocatello Wednesday morning and in Idaho Falls in the afternoon.

Ahlquist just wrapped up his 97-city tour around the state. He did it in 75 days and held 296 meetings with mayors, city councils, school superintendents, parents and teachers. KIDK Eyewitness News anchor Todd Kunz asked him if there was any common theme he heard from it all.

“One is our kids are not really ready for the businesses that are there, so how do we keep Idaho kids ready for Idaho jobs? How do we get them ready and how do we keep them in our state? They are most recent resource and a lot of times they leave and don’t come back. So really matching up our kids with our jobs was big everywhere I went. Companies saying we need these kids ready to work and then kids and families saying how do we get our kids ready? How do we bridge that gap? And then health care costs. Health care premiums for businesses around the state are just skyrocketing. I heard that from every business owner and then when you sit with families and say how are you doing? They’ll say it’s health care costs. So I think those were the two common things, and jobs,” said Ahlquist.

Eye on Boise: It's already Ad-Watch time in 2018 Idaho governor race Betsy Z. Russell | May 8, 2017 | www.spokesman.com

It’s pretty much unheard-of for statewide TV ads in an Idaho governor’s race to begin airing more than a year before the primary election, but that’s what’s happening.

Tommy Ahlquist, a Boise physician and developer who’s running as a Republican, has been running two ads since March. They’re running throughout the state, but only on cable and satellite in North Idaho, not in the pricey Spokane broadcast TV market.

“Given Tommy is not a longtime politician and is a political outsider, we felt it was important to start early to give voters every chance to get to know him,” campaign spokesman Todd Cranney said. “More important than the advertising is the fact that Tommy has been on a 97-town tour of Idaho in the first 75 days of the campaign, meeting personally with Idahoans across the state sharing his conservative vision and leadership abilities.”

Johnston to serve as campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist May 1, 2017 | Tommy Ahlquist

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As the former executive director of the Idaho GOP, David Johnston worked to get many Republican candidates elected over the course of approximately three years. Now he’s focusing his efforts on sending one man to office: Tommy Ahlquist.

Johnston was recently named the campaign manager for Ahlquist, a conservative gubernatorial candidate. He started in his new post on May 1.

“I’m excited about it,” Johnston said. “This is a great opportunity for Idaho in 2018 to go in a new direction of leadership. Tommy is the right conservative (to take) Idaho to the next level.”

Johnston has ties to Southeast Idaho. He grew up in Lava Hot Springs and graduated from Marsh Valley High School. He is a former U.S. Marine and currently lives in Boise with his wife and two children.

Former Idaho GOP executive director Johnston signs on as manager for Tommy Ahlquist guv campaign Betsy Z. Russell | May 4, 2017 | www.spokesman.com

David Johnston, former executive director of the Idaho Republican Party, joined the Tommy Ahlquist campaign for governor today as campaign manager. Johnston, 27, was the Idaho GOP executive director for three years; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, he studied political science at Boise State University and has worked on campaigns at the local, legislative and statewide level.

Johnston said today that he left his party post because “I was in that role for nearly three years and felt I had accomplished everything I wanted to and had great success. Later, this opportunity came up and I felt it was a great opportunity.”

Ahlquist is one of three announced GOP candidates for governor of Idaho in 2018; the other two are Lt. Gov. Brad Little and former state Sen. Russ Fulcher. Also filing preliminary paperwork for the 2018 race for governor are three other candidates: Independents Lisa Marie of Boise and John Thomas Wiechec of Middleton, and Democrat Troy Minton of Boise.

Tommy Ahlquist Wants to be Idaho’s Next Governor May 1, 2017 | Bill Colley

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Doctor, developer and now perhaps, Governor. Republican Tommy Ahlquist paid Top Story a visit. The primary is just over a year away and the winner is most likely the next Governor. During our conversation, Dr. Ahlquist touched on several subjects. Small businesses, healthcare and the grocery tax.

Ahlquist: Why I'm running for governor Apr 18, 2017 | www.magicvalley.com

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Imagine an Idaho where our children are thriving in school and graduating ready for Idaho jobs. A place where our small businesses, ranches and farms can operate without unneeded government interference. Imagine a place of opportunity where hard-working families can find good paying jobs. And a state government that is efficient and innovative. All this is possible with strong leadership from the top.

I am running for governor because I have the experience and conservative track record to make these statements become our reality and our future. Together, we can build an even better Idaho.

Idahoans need more good paying jobs, an education system that prepares our children for Idaho jobs, freedom from overreaching regulations and lower taxes so we can compete with our neighboring states. My experiences as a small-businessman, ER doctor, husband and father have taught me the skills necessary to earn your vote and serve as your next governor.

Gubernatorial candidate visits Teton Valley Tommy Ahlquist | Apr 13, 2017 | www.tetonvalleynews.com

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Tommy Ahlquist, the affable doctor who is in the Republican race for Idaho governor, made the rounds in Teton Valley on Thursday, April 13.

It seems like election season just ended, but campaigns have already gotten underway for the primary on May 15, 2018. So far, four Republican candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

“It’s shaping up to be the most heated in Idaho history so far,” said Ahlquist while at a meet-and-greet in O’Rourkes.

The other candidates are seasoned politicians, but Ahlquist is positioning himself as the outsider.

Tommy Ahlquist: Why I’m Running for Governor of Idaho

I am running for governor because I have the experience and conservative track record to make these statements become our reality and our future. Together, we can build an even better Idaho.

Idahoans need more good paying jobs, an education system that prepares our children for Idaho jobs, freedom from overreaching regulations and lower taxes so we can compete with our neighboring states. My experiences as a small businessman, ER doctor, husband and father have taught me the skills necessary to earn your vote and serve as your next governor.

As a businessman, not a politician, I have learned how our economy works by actually creating jobs. For years I worked exclusively night shifts as a doctor in the emergency room, which allowed me to maximize my time during the day to start new businesses. As a serial entrepreneur, with the right partners, we have created several successful small businesses, creating thousands of jobs and investing more than $331,000,000 in Idaho.

Why I’m running for governor By Apr 11, 2017 | Tommy Ahlquist

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Imagine an Idaho where our children are thriving in school and graduating ready for Idaho jobs. A place where our small businesses, ranches and farms can operate without unneeded government interference. Imagine a place of opportunity where hard-working families can find good-paying jobs. And a state government that is efficient and innovative. All this is possible with strong leadership from the top.

I am running for governor because I have the experience and conservative track record to make these statements become our reality and our future. Together, we can build an even better Idaho.

Guest column: Why I'm running for governor Tommy Ahlquist | Apr 9, 2017 | www.idahopoliticsweekly.com

Imagine an Idaho where our children are thriving in school and graduating ready for Idaho jobs.  A place where our small businesses, ranches and farms can operate without unneeded government interference.

Imagine a place of opportunity where hard-working families can find good paying jobs.  And a state government that is efficient and innovative. All this is possible with strong leadership from the top.

I am running for governor because I have the experience and conservative track record to make these statements become our reality and our future. Together, we can build an even better Idaho.

Why I’m Running For Governor April 10, 2017 | Tommy Ahlquist

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Imagine an Idaho where our children are thriving in school and graduating ready for Idaho jobs. A place where our small businesses, ranches and farms can operate without unneeded government interference. Imagine a place of opportunity where hard-working families can find good paying jobs. And a state government that is efficient and innovative. All this is possible with strong leadership from the top.

I am running for governor because I have the experience and conservative track record to make these statements become our reality and our future. Together, we can build an even better Idaho.

Idahoans need more good paying jobs, an education system that prepares our children for Idaho jobs, freedom from overreaching regulations and lower taxes so we can compete with our neighboring states. My experiences as a small businessman, ER doctor, husband and father have taught me the skills necessary to earn your vote and serve as your next governor.

Dr. Fahim Rahim hosts health care summit Josh Friesen | March 20, 2017 | www.idahostatejournal.com

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POCATELLO — Dr. Fahim Rahim hosted a health care summit between Idaho legislators, gubernatorial candidates, health care professionals and community members Saturday evening at his home in Pocatello to open avenues of communication toward understanding and bettering statewide health care.

Among those participating in the conversation and answering questions were gubernatorial candidates Russ Fulcher, Dr. Tommy Ahlquist and Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, who serves as the vice chair of the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee, also spoke, as did Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-Inkom.

AHLQUIST GETS 'OUT FRONT' IN GOVERNOR'S RACE STEVE CAMERON | Mar 3, 2017 | www.cdapress.com

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COEUR d’ALENE — Doctor-turned-businessman Tommy Ahlquist has accomplished plenty in a career that’s seen him double up as a major Treasure Valley developer while working occasional shifts as an emergency room physician at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.

Now Ahlquist has his sights set on another job.

He wants to be governor of Idaho, and visited The Press Thursday as part of a state tour to introduce himself as a candidate.

Idaho Republican Entering Gubernatorial Race News release from Ahlquist for Governor

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“I’m running for Governor because I believe in Idahoans, and I believe with fresh ideas and new leadership we can build an even better Idaho,” said Ahlquist. “My career in business and medicine has taught me valuable lessons about the role of government, the failures of overregulation and an appreciation for hard working Idahoans. As your Governor, I will put these real-world experiences to use serving Idahoans.”

 Ahlquist released a video outlining his decision to run and his vision for Idaho on his campaign website,www.TommyforIdaho.com.

Ahlquist launches GOP campaign for governor Betsy Z. Russell | March 1, 2017 | www.spokesman.com

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BOISE – Tommy Ahlquist launched his Republican campaign for governor of Idaho on Wednesday, addressing close to 400 people closely crowded into the 17th-floor conference room of the Zions Bank building in downtown Boise, which Ahlquist’s company built.

“I’m a doer and I’m a fixer, and I will work my heart out for the families and the children of this great state,” the longtime emergency room doctor and prominent and successful Boise developer told the crowd.

Already in the 2018 governor’s race are Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little and former GOP state Sen. Russ Fulcher. GOP Congressman Raul Labrador has expressed interest in the race, but hasn’t announced whether or not he’ll run.

Tommy Ahlquist enters governor’s race: ‘I’m running because I love Idaho’ News Staff | Mar 1, 2017 | KBOI

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Tommy Ahlquist, a former emergency room doctor and chief operating officer of the Gardner Company is tossing his name into the governor’s race.

Ahlquist made the announcement Wednesday at the Zions Bank Building in front of friends, family and colleagues.

“I’m running for governor because I believe in Idahoans, and I believe with fresh ideas and new leadership we can build an even better Idaho,” Ahlquist said. “My career in business and medicine has taught me valuable lessons about the role of government, the failures of overregulation and an appreciation for hard working Idahoans. As your governor, I will put these real-world experiences to use serving Idahoans.”

Ahlquist 'humbled by the opportunity' to run for Idaho governor Mark Johnson, KTVB | Feb 28, 2017 | www.ktvb.com

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BOISE – “After considering this for a few months, I’m going to run for governor of the state of Idaho,” Tommy Ahlquist tells KTVB in an exclusive one-on-one television interview.

The 49-year-old former ER doctor and commercial developer said the soul searching to come to this decision didn’t take long for his family and him.

The reason I’m getting into this is because I see potential with jobs and education. I see this health care thing coming at us and I think I am uniquely prepared to be the governor of the state and I’m going to go after it.

Ahlquist makes it official: In campaign for governor, he starts 97-town tour this week Idaho Statesman | Feb 28, 2017 | www.idahostatesman.com

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Treasure Valley businessman Tommy Ahlquist, a former ER doctor whose second career in real estate development has transformed Downtown Boise, made his run for governor official Tuesday by filing papers as the third announced Republican in the race.

I’ve been very interested in politics my whole life, Ahlquist said. Service and community service has been a part of my life since I was young. That’s why I went into medicine. Going into politics was never like a huge leap because it’s just another way to serve.

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