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Lavala running to serve his community

 
October 25, 2021

By Robert Lavala

My name is Robert Lavala and I am running for City Council in Bonners Ferry this November 2. I am writing this article myself, considering that I know myself better than anyone other than my amazing wife.

I was born and raised in a small suburb of Boise named Garden City. I lived there until 1976 when I moved, with my mom, to Las Vegas. I completed high school in Henderson, Nevada, and then attended an automotive mechanic’s school in Glendale, Arizona. It was always my intention to become the best auto repair technician available and I even contemplated owning my own shop one day.

After graduation, I moved back to a small community outside of Las Vegas and began wrenching on cars, trucks and motorcycles. It was shortly after returning from school that I met the love of my life, Sheila, and we began seeing each other. From 1982 to this present day, we have enjoyed both the trials and tribulations of marriage as well as the joys and amazing times in life.

Beginning in 1984, Sheila and I began to go out as traveling missionaries to the hardcore outlaw biker groups in and around the Southern Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah regions. We brought the gospel to these heathens and oftentimes found ourselves the recipients of unrehearsed confessions around the bonfires of the various camps.

Having done this type of ministry for eight years, someone told us that we would make good leaders in the church. We accepted the call and began a local church in Las Vegas and would then be in senior leadership in the church until moving to Bonners Ferry in 2008. Having been in this type of leadership role has conditioned me to listen to all sides of an issue and then apply common sense towards either responding or solving whatever it was.

This will be an earmark of my becoming a councilman: Common Sense.

In 1998 we had our one and only son, Isaac. We wanted to raise our boy in a small town and we had always liked the “feel” of Bonners Ferry. So we moved here. Having been in church leadership for so long we thought that may be something we would do here but that was not the case. There are so many churches in Bonners Ferry, we thought, there does not need to be another.

So we gave serious thought to what would benefit the community. My wife, son and I are all black belts in Taekwondo, and so we thought we should start a martial arts facility since there were none in Bonners Ferry at that time. We began Boundary Martial Arts in 2009 and served our community by providing quality training. The martial arts studio remained until we decided to move into Bonners Ferry city limits and we sold our property and let the studio go.

We loved each and every one of our students and were blessed to be able to make an impact on their lives.

During our son’s high school career, I volunteered and became the photographer on the field for the Badger’s football team. I did this for three years and enjoyed serving the coaches, players and parents of the team. Also during this time our son was coerced by one of the track coaches, George Hays, to try pole vaulting. He refused but George was persistent. He gave in and started pole vaulting. I then did the work to become certified as a pole vaulting coach in both Washington state and Idaho and filed my paperwork with Bonners Ferry High School. Isaac went on to set the 3A State, Division and school record.

I believe in commitment. I believe in service. I believe that I would make a good councilman for Bonners Ferry because from the time my family has moved here, this has been our home.

In the Declaration of Independence it says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I base my decisions, many times, on this valuable statement made by our Founding Fathers. The decisions I make, and the points that I will bring to the table at council, will be guided by three things: 1) A Biblical Worldview, 2) The Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Idaho, 3) Common Sense.

I have zero political experience and I believe that this makes me the perfect candidate. I do not have any agenda except to be guided by the three principals listed above. I do, however, have strong political viewpoints and those viewpoints will come to bear as needed when having discussions or in voting at council.
So, what are these strong viewpoints, you may be wondering? I’ll share the most pertinent and the issues that will most likely come up in the next year or more.

I do not believe that any government agency has the authority to mandate any medicine, be it vaccine or even cough medicine, to the public. We are a free people and the statement above outlines that we have the right to liberty.

Government overreach is at an all-time high and needs to be curtailed.

I do not believe that any government agency has the authority to mandate the wearing of masks. Masks are not effective according to a huge portion of our medical and scientific community – although these sources have been muzzled by both mainstream media, social media and local authorities.

I absolutely believe that term limits need to be put in place for every government position both in our local, state and national political system. Those who have been in office for over eight years need to vacate their offices so others can serve without having to face the incumbent “Good ol' boy” scenario.

I absolutely believe that un-elected bureaucrats should not have power over any citizenry. This is why, in our amazing Republic, we have elections and that those elections give representative authority to those whom we elect.

In closing, I work for a living and can bring a point of reference to the current economic and social climate that could be helpful. I serve my community by doing things that are not seen and not applauded.

In general, I would work for those who elect me to office and bring a commonsense approach to my service to Bonners Ferry. What I don’t know about the job can be learned. What I know that does not apply to Bonners Ferry can be changed.

What you need to know is that I’ll listen to you, the citizens of Bonners Ferry, and do my best to represent you as an elected official.

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