My name is Donavan Harrington and I am running for the Idaho House of Representatives Seat 31-B & I would ask for your vote on May 19th 2020. If you haven’t done so already won’t you please go online at www.idahovotes.gov and request your ballot for this election.
I was born in Grand Forks, ND the 2nd of 8 children to Howard & Beverly Harrington. Our family would move to Idaho in 1962 when dad was moved while working with Lockwood Graders and became their sales/manager for eastern Idaho.
In 1964 with the help on Allen Larsen, Lawrence Lambert & his son’s dad was able to start Rockymountain Machinery Company the John Deere & Dahlman dealership in Blackfoot.
I grew up in Ammon and attended the Bonneville school district graduating in 1971. While serving a Mission in Ohio & West Virginia mom & dad would move the family to Rockford.
Driving truck was a love of dads and so it was my desire to do the same. But while doing so dad encouraged me to get additional education. So I attended Idaho State University in the field of Diesel Mechanics specializing in farm mechanic repair, graduating with honors, and then took a job with my father at RMC.
Working first in the shop I had a desire to be out in the fields and so was offered a field service position and would work into the shop management team with Mike Hawkes. For 16 years I worked with my father learning the lessons of business and customer relationships.
Still yearning for the road I started driving over the road coaches and school buses part-time for Frank Miles. While doing this as a part-time job, in 1988, I learned that Teton Stage Lines was for sale. I contacted Boyd & Helen Ashcraft and two years later on the 1st of March 1990, I took the position as their General Manager.
My dad was perhaps my best cheerleader as he encouraged me to not to judge one day’s failures but to rather look at the bigger picture and continue to put my hands, heart, and soul into the business. Taking out a loan on my 1984 Chevy pickup I was able to meet my first payroll on the 5th of March 1990. Today I still drive that pick up to remind me where it was I started.
Now some 30 years later, Teton Stage Lines has a fleet of over 42 units comprised mainly of school buses. We also run the road coaches, SUV, and Cadillac sedans. Today we provide transportation to the high-end fishing resorts as well as our 6 different charter and traditional school districts.
Along the way, I have had the opportunity to serve you as a member of the Bingham County Board of Commissioners. Working alongside Chairman Cleone Jolley and Ladd Carter I saw firsthand the need for patience, compromise, and compassion as we tried to guide the direction of this great county.