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Governor Otter answers questions in Valley County.

Capital for a Day

For Governor Otter, making sure government maintains its role as the people's servant requires keeping in touch with all Idahoans. He also knows that the strength of our Republic relies on an engaged and informed citizenry.

That's why Governor Otter and members of his Cabinet travel to a rural town in a different Idaho county every month. The communities become Idaho's Capital for a Day, and their residents the focus of the Governor and his administration for an entire day. Idahoans ask questions, share their opinions, and seek answers from State agencies.

"It is our job in State government to ensure people in communities all over Idaho have a real say in determining their own future. It shouldn't be the case that folks in Boise have a greater role in contributing their civic virtue to our statewide discussions than people in Moyie Springs or Malad, Ferdinand or Firth, Wallace or Wendell," Governor Otter said. "That´s why I bring 'Capital for a Day' to a different rural town every month – to listen, learn, and solve some problems if we can."

Governor Otter's goal is to visit all 44 counties twice in his two terms as Idaho's governor.

Click here for a brochure on Governor Otter's "Capital for a Day" program [pdf]

What People Are Saying

"There's no doubt that the governor's willingness to bring state government to small-town Idaho has been a rousing success."

— Idaho Falls Post Register

"Thank you for your willingness to get out and see our communities and listen to what we are facing."

— Mayor Vic Holmes, City of Rathdrum

"The visit you made to Pierce had an amazing effect on our town."

— Diane Gerot, wife of Greg Gerot, mayor of Pierce