State of the State Preview Part 1: The Computer Programmer

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Earl Mitchell moved back to Boise for a simple reason:

"Because I could," he said. "As soon as I landed a job that allowed me to work from anywhere I wanted, I chose to relocate back to Idaho where I could find old friends, affordable housing and mountains to ride."

But Mitchell's political insight is anything but simple.

"The Greek philosopher Pericles once wrote, 'Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.' Solving complex problems with my computer is fun and pays the bills, but my academic passion is economics," said 28-year-old Mitchell, who spent the last decade in California.

"Idaho will never be perfect, but in my eyes our government and legal institutions are a vast improvement over California," he said. "Politically, I'm solely interested in seeing Idahoans look less to their government to solve social issues and to continue the tradition of taking personal responsibility for this great community. Idaho's government could stand to be more socially liberal—but in the long term it is much more economically important that the state machinery remain fiscally sound."

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