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BYU-Idaho professor announces candidacy for legislature

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Shane Ruebush | Courtesy photo

REXBURG — A local professor is setting his sights on the Idaho legislature.

Shane Ruebush, a chemistry professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, has added his name to those running for office in Idaho House Legislative District 34. Ruebush is running against Jon Weber for District 34 Seat A in the upcoming Republican primary.

“I think I could be a good candidate as somebody who understands what it’s like to be a citizen (and someone who) understands a little bit about government. I feel like I can contribute that perspective to our state legislature,” Ruebush told

He said his experience in earning a doctorate in chemistry taught him how to think critically. A skill he believes would help him as a legislator.

Ruebush also has made it a point to be involved in community and government meetings.

“I’ve had nine years participating with local governments. So I’m familiar with what it takes to be able to review and assess whether or not a law is being followed or whether or not it’s a good law or needs to be altered,” Ruebush said.

He said the primary aspect of his platform is “family first.” He explained he wants to work to ease burdens on families.

“Education goes right along with that. Certainly, that’s the key for success. With all the education I’ve been able to receive in my life, it’s led to a very good situation for my family,” Ruebush.

He is also interested in Second Amendment and pro-life issues.

“I’m excited. I really am. I think this an interesting experience to declare for public office, and I look forward to being able to be with people and hear their concerns and let them know who I am and what I can do,” Ruebush said.

Ruebush does not currently have a campaign website or social media page but will be putting up one later in the week.

The Republican primary is May 19.