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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:15 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

Relying on his conservative views and nearly four decades in real estate, Ed Morse is confident he can bring North Idaho more jobs and hold lawmakers more accountable.

The Hayden Republican and real estate appraiser is running for seat 2b in the newly created second district, now held by Rep. Phil Hart.

"I know the second district," Morse said of the area including northern Kootenai and southern Bonner counties. "I've been from one end to another end of it. I'm familiar with the demographic and geographic aspects of that district, and I think I'm qualified and capable."

Morse, who officially announced his campaign on Tuesday, said job creation is his high priority.

He will focus on ensuring laws and regulations are conducive to new businesses, he said.

"We've got to look at the whole gamut for making the area more attractive to industry," he said.

Morse has experience in public service as a board member of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, according to his press release. He is also a member of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a member with the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation.

Morse can rely on his professional background to pursue legislation to help with job growth, he said. His background includes 39 years in the real estate community, and he owns Morse and Company real estate appraisal business. He has served on both state and national public boards with the real estate valuation profession.

Morse has a bachelor's in political science and business and a master's in business administration from the University of Idaho, he said, and a law degree from Gonzaga University.

As a real estate appraiser, he is familiar with the burdens of property owners and businesses, his release stated, and he hopes to lessen the burdens of government.

He will also push for more transparency if elected, he said. Morse aims to pursue stronger ethics disclosures for legislators, like financial disclosures when a member has an interest in pending rules or legislation.

"I think Phil Hart would be the poster boy of local politicians that have ethics issues," Morse said, alluding to Hart's battle against income tax while serving in the Legislature. "Hart participated in votes that he had a personal interest in, which is allowed under the House rules. I think that needs to be looked at, and those situations reformed."

Morse also supports the recent education reforms, he said, and believes a well-educated workforce will help with economic development.

Morse enjoys outdoor activities like ATV riding, fly fishing and gardening. He lives with his wife, Terri.

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  • hubba1 posted at 4:05 pm on Fri, Dec 23, 2011.

    hubba1 Posts: 23

    Oh Yea,

    another Hayden Lake Reagan Republican right wing wacko with a law degree and all the answers.... can wait not to vote for this one......

    Where do all these types come from anyway. I mean once in a great while you would think a moderate Democrat who wanted to fill the loopholes of GE not paying any taxes, or asking the feds to pay back thier loans on Social Security, would be appreciated just to spark the arguments anyway.

    All these Reagen Repulblicans and their rhetoric are getting boring. .

  • ancientemplar posted at 11:57 am on Fri, Dec 23, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1150

    Randy, just separating the wheat from the chaff.

  • Randy Myers posted at 8:39 pm on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    LOL @ WillPenny!! I agree.

    Morse's Ed Corridor appraisal strikes me as bad news too but let's wait and see who else lines up.

    Reading the posts I see the Republicans are not so unified. In North Idaho we have the (apparently) liberal Repulicans, the Reasonable Republicans, The Reagan Republicans, the North Idaho Unified Republicans, and the Constitutional Republicans from what I can tell. Did I miss any ?

  • babydriver posted at 4:20 pm on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    He is lined up with the Meyers and throws mud at Phil Hart? Phil Hart is my tax hating hero!

    Too many forget what Liberty is.

    And what is a 'Fair Share' of taxes?

    I have NO control over the amount STOLEN by the taxers.

  • ancientemplar posted at 1:55 pm on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1150

    Morse's appraisal of the Education Corridor dirt is ALL I need to know about him.

  • Spencer posted at 11:22 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Spencer Posts: 29

    Publius, he spoke publicly this week about his desire to reform welfare and the prison system in Idaho to gain additional funds for education. I looked around and people were trying to pick their jaws back up off the floor! If you had been at his speech you would have heard it yourself. He then went on and on about how we need to do more for education in Idaho.

  • Publius posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Publius Posts: 17

    Larry or Spencer, you should back up your accusation of Mr. Morse’s education plans with evidence. We all know that you like to lie to get your way.

  • Spencer posted at 7:58 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Spencer Posts: 29

    Ed is partners with Steve Meyer, of LCDC fame. Steve Meyer’s wife, of course, is Judy Meyer, who sits on the NIC board. Ed only got on the RR board so he could look like a solid Republican when he ran for office. I was on the RR board at that time (I quit when they went liberal) and many of us fought to keep him off, because he is just another wolf in a business suit. He supports urban renewal, and wants to better fund the public education by taking money from the justice system.

  • Will Penny posted at 6:34 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    Will Penny Posts: 260

    Well crust123, a day old pizza would be an improvement over PHart. The article fails to mention that Morse is the apprai$er who gave the gro$$ly overpriced apprai$al on the education corridor property. So I think Morse has his own ethical issues.

  • crust123 posted at 5:41 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    crust123 Posts: 166

    Straight- perhaps rather than whine and simply say no and not, you could enlighten us as to what type of candidate the region does need.
    I happen to think a well educated, experienced professional, with many years in the area makes a fine candidate and would be a significant improvement over the existing politician, who has far too many ethical issues as the article states. And you are mistaken, he is not a realtor, he is an appraiser.

    Please try to add something constructive.

  • straight up posted at 5:21 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    straight up Posts: 929

    Oh Goody!

    A career realtor with a political science and law degree.

    Just what this region needs.


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