Lewiston native & former NFL player running for congress

Lewiston native & former NFL player running for congress
LEWISTON, ID - Lewiston Native and former NFL player Jimmy Farris said he's like a lot of Americans and is fed up with the political games in the nation's capital. That's one reason he decided to switch from making touchdowns to making laws.

"I've always been a guy that's wanted to do things that matter, be involved in things that I care about.," said Farris. "If you want to make change and you want to do what you can to better the lives of the people you care about, you've got to be in a position to do that."

For Farris, that position is Idaho's First Congressional district seat. He's taking on Republican freshman Congressman Raul Labrador. But he said it's not about partisanship, it's about getting things done on the House floor.

"I think there's a real need for people in congress that know how to work together, know how to work with people from different backgrounds and ideologies and come together and make some real progress," said Farris.

Farris recognizes he may be younger than the typical candidate, but he says he sees younger generations taking an interest in government.

"Twenty, 21 year olds, 22 just coming out of college are starting to understand things that are happening in Washington, things that are happening not only in this country but globally are going to affect them and then ultimately the children they hope one day to have," said Farris.

Farris has been traveling around northern Idaho this week talking to residents about the issues they care most about in hopes of becoming that voice for them next year.