Dear Idaho Voter,

I am running for the United States Senate to fulfill a childhood dream of serving others and to further the interests of fairness and justice for all Idahoans, indeed for all Americans.

When I look at the United States Senate today, I see a body that has become dysfunctional.  It is bogged down in gridlock, held hostage to extremist views, and peopled with career politicians who have abandoned the ideal of public service in favor of protecting the perks to which they believe they are entitled.

That kind of broken system is not what the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Instead, they contemplated a Senate in which citizen legislators would step forward for a limited time in order to represent their states and serve the American people, before returning to their private lives. In so doing, they would make way for new leaders.

Surely, they did not conceive of career politicians – the kind of politician which Jim Risch epitomizes.

And our Founding Fathers did not imagine a Congress paralyzed by gridlock and partisan gamesmanship.  Rather, they anticipated a true marketplace of ideas, one in which competing views would be deliberated in light of the very purpose of our Constitution:

“. . . to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. . . .”
How far we have fallen from these ideals!

As a candidate for the United States Senate, I run to replace a career politician with a citizen legislator.  I run to help restore the vision of the Founding Fathers.

Over his more than forty years in office, Jim Risch has lost touch with the concept of public service – and with the people of Idaho.  It is time for him to retire.

I am not a politician.  I have had a successful career.  Now I step forward as a candidate with a strong desire to serve my state and country.  I will not serve more than one six-year term.  Six years is a long time.  During that time, I will focus on doing the job you elect me to do, and I will work as hard as I possibly can to represent Idaho and its people with energy, purpose, and integrity.

I will be beholden to nobody but the people of Idaho.  I will give you, the people of Idaho, 110% for the next six years, and then I’ll return to private life.  It will be time to step aside and let the next generation of leaders step up to the plate.

Unlike Jim Risch, I am not jaded or cynical.  I do not believe, as Jim Risch does, that it is impossible to accomplish anything in the Senate.  If that’s the case, why have a Senate?  Why pay Senators?  That’s just laziness and entitlement talking.  I won’t make excuses, and I won’t take junkets.  From the day I take the oath of office, I’ll roll up my sleeves and work to find sensible, bi-partisan solutions to the challenges facing our nation.

Every election is important.  This one is pivotal.  In 2014, we the people must reclaim the U.S. Senate from the control of career politicians who think nothing of wasting billions of our hard-earned dollars shutting the government down.  This kind of irresponsible and destructive action serves no purpose and is completely inconsistent with the principles upon which our nation was founded.

It is both disappointing and concerning that we have fallen so far.  But it is not too late to return to the vision of the Founding Fathers.  It is not too late for the United States Senate to reestablish credibility and restore the confidence of the American people.

I believe this with all my heart.

If you believe this too, please join me.

Nels Mitchell