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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — State Rep. Eric Anderson is retiring from public office, but plans to remain on the front lines of repelling the scourge of invasive mussels.

“That’s just one of those things I’ve been working on for a long, long time and I need to concentrate more time on it. I’m very concerned what happens to the entire Columbia Basin if we get these mussels in our water systems,” Anderson said on Tuesday.

Anderson said he wants to use relationships he’s built with elected officials in Utah, Washington state and Montana to bring the fight against quagga and zebra mussels to a regional level.

Anderson has been a tireless advocate for ridding Idaho waterways of aquatic invasive species and keeping new ones from taking hold.

Anderson said he does not have a job lined up, but expects to find a role somewhere in the private sector. He said water is such a big part of people’s lives and believes the threat that mussels pose can be easily underestimated.

“We need to be protective of that resource and mindful of how quickly we could lose those things,” he said.

The Priest Lake Republican has been serving in the House of Representatives in District 1A since 2004. Anderson said he will miss the relationships and friendships he forged in Boise.

“But it’s time to move on and let someone else move in and serve the people. It’s healthy to see rotation,” he said.

Anderson said it was a “tremendous honor” to serve District 1 constituents and work alongside fellow lawmakers Sen. Shawn Keough and Rep. George Eskridge.

“They’ve become family to me,” he said.

Anderson politely declined to say what he won’t miss when he leaves the Legislature.

Republican Heather Scott, a fisheries and aquatic biologist, announced her intention to seek the GOP nomination for the District 1A seat. Another candidate is reportedly planning to run, but has not announced their candidacy.

Anderson’s advice for his successor, which he attributes to his father, is to establish friendships.

“Not everybody’s going to be with you on every vote and everything you carry. They may be against you on one thing, but you’re going to need ‘em the next time,” Anderson said.

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  • Johnny Yuma posted at 11:46 am on Sat, Feb 22, 2014.

    Johnny Yuma Posts: 743

    I think we have rules governing how long one must be a resident in order to run for office. Last time I looked all the candidates were American or do you want to change the rules to have all candidates be born and raised in Sandpoint ? While Snedden may have been born ib Sandpoint he has NOT lived in Sandpoint all his life. Should all the voters in Bonners Ferry, Priest River, etc. etc. voted against him because he was not born in those areas?
    Are you going to tell me that only those born in Sandpoint have the brains to be able to represent the voters?Do all the voters in Dist 1 Think the same? I think we have to look at the candidates prior voting records, philosophy, and beliefs. We have to educate ourselves about the candidates and vote for those that will vote in OUR best interests not theirs. Those that know what the constitution says and will take their oath to defend the consttution serious. We do not need another Good Old Boy that will spend us into oblivion but one that will keep their promise to us. We have enough liberal lawyers in D.C. We do not need more governing us in Boise.

  • Johnny Yuma posted at 5:49 am on Sat, Feb 22, 2014.

    Johnny Yuma Posts: 743

    I guess his support for Idahos version of Obama care got to be too much of a burdon.
    On to a job that he will not have to answer to the voters for?

  • Scott S posted at 4:50 pm on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    Scott S Posts: 388

    At least Snedden has lived here a while (like a lifetime), unlike most of the others with a few exceptions. There are and have been people running for office who havent lived here long enough to even know what the area is all about. Only that they want to do something for their "NEW" community. Give me a break.

  • Idahome posted at 8:54 pm on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Idahome Posts: 209

    I appreciate the effort Eric Anderson has put forth to serve us. From my experience and observation, he is as good as a listener as I've encountered and his efforts to educate us all on the catastrophe that looms with the introduction of quagga mussels have been stellar. I can suggest one job for which he'd be great.....take over for Raul Labrador.

  • Bob Wynhausen posted at 3:14 pm on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Bob Wynhausen Posts: 9287

    Bill, I qualified it. Most things are relative. Hey, why don't you throw your hat in the ring, that would be a good job for you and they'll love you in Boundary County.

    I hear whispers that Steven Snedden may run.

  • WML posted at 2:32 pm on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    WML Posts: 671

    Regarding post of 12:17 pm - 2-19-14 - I tnink H-E-L-L just froze over.

    Bill Litsinger

  • Bob Wynhausen posted at 12:17 pm on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Bob Wynhausen Posts: 9287

    Hard as this is for me to say, Eric will be missed, especially if Heather Scott replaces him.

    Does anyone know who is planning to commit to the race? This should even bring out a Democratic participant.

    Thanks for your service, Mr. Anderson.