Shoshone County District #3 Commissioner Primary Candidate: Jeff Zimmerman (R)
Jeff Zimmerman is seeking the position of Shoshone County Commissioner for District #3 and if elected, one of his main goals is to look for alternative county funding instead of raising property taxes.
“A few examples of how this can be accomplished is by ensuring current county assets are leased at market value, actively recruiting new businesses, and by promoting mining and logging.”
Zimmerman, 50, is running against James “Jimmy” O’Connell in the Republican primary.
His immediate family includes three sons, the youngest graduating from Kellogg High School.
As for relevant experience for the position, Zimmerman says he has over 25 years of bankruptcy case administration and has administered both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. He plans to use this experience to competently fulfill the duty of a commissioner to oversee the budget process, as well as county assets and funds.
“I oversee receipts & disbursements of 200-300k a month and we report monthly/annually to USDOJ oversight, as well as an annual audit. I have worked with numerous debtors, debtor attorneys, creditor attorneys, banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, federal and state tax entities. I work under the guidelines and rules of federal oversight, which has given me an industry standard in budgeting, financial auditing, handling of receipts and disbursements, accounts and assets.”
A supporter of the area’s mining and logging, Zimmerman vows to help revitalize these industries.
If elected, he plans to listen to the people and be their voice.
“The public has been uninformed, and have a right to know where their tax dollars are being spent and should always have access to the full detailed county budget,” he said. “I will use social media & other means of communication to notify citizens of meetings/hearings in order to garner public recommendations, opinions & concerns. This will also bring back the transparency the people deserve. It is time we get back to the business of being a government by the people for the people.”