Conservative candidate opposes HiTest smelter

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(Courtesy photo) Michael Snyder, pictured here with his wife Meranda and daughter Atarah, is a Bonners Ferry resident running to represent Idaho's First Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

NEWPORT — Candidate for Idaho’s First Congressional District seat Michael Snyder publicly announced his opposition to the proposed HiTest silicon smelter Feb. 5.

“I am 100 percent against the HiTest smelter project,” said Snyder. “I believe that it is a very serious threat to the quality of life of every man, woman and child in north Idaho, and I am appalled that more Idaho politicians do not want to get involved in this issue.”

He explained that Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter reached out to him, and that once he understood “the potential environmental impact that this smelter could potentially have to our communities,” he felt that he had to oppose it.

Snyder promised to fight the smelter if elected to Congress. He said the federal government should get involved in the matter because he contends pollution from the smelter would cross state lines from Washington to Idaho. Snyder discounted the benefit of new job creation at the smelter, saying “It boggles my mind that anyone would think that creating a couple of hundred jobs outweighs the immense environmental devastation that will be caused in north Idaho by this project.”

CANSS vice-chairman Michael Naylor said that while the group has not officially endorsed Snyder in his bid for Congress, “CANNS is thankful for Michael Snyder’s support. I am sure many members of CANSS will support Michael Snyders efforts to get elected to congress because of his support and his stance on the smelter.”

Snyder added, “Opposing this smelter has nothing to do with politics. It is all about doing the right thing, and opposing it is definitely the right thing for Idaho.”

The controversy over HiTest’s proposed silicon smelter here has created a coalition of unlikely bedfellows. For months Tea Party advocate and Blanchard resident, Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, has taken a public role questioning the propriety of the proposed smelter. At a public forum in Newport Nov. 29, 2017 Scott stated her desire for the federal government to be involved via the mechanisms of the National Environmental Policy Act, which would give Idahoans more representation in the permitting process, she said.

In addition to having authored several books and blogs including, Snyder is a frequent guest on Alex Jones’ InfoWars program and has been a contributor to for years. The Bonners Ferry resident styles himself the only pro-Trump, Christian conservative in the race for Idaho’s First Congressional District. Snyder is joined in the Republican primary to replace outgoing Rep. Raul Labrador by Nick Henderson, former State Sen. Russ Fulcher, Rep. Luke Malek, Rep. Christy Perry, and former Idaho Lt. Gov. David Leroy. Snyder’s platform includes planks to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, abolish the Internal Revenue Service, abolish the Federal Reserve Bank, and states his 100 percent support for Second Amendment rights and the right to life for unborn children.

Naylor said, “CANSS is a bipartisan group. We are a community that has come together over one thing. The threat the smelter brings to our community and to our lives. Heather Scott and now Michael Snyder have been huge supporters of CANSS and what we stand for. None of us have ever seen anything like it. Republicans and Democrats coming together as one community.”

Snyder said, “As a member of Congress, I will do whatever I can to shut this smelter project down. This project is going to affect north Idaho very deeply, and the people of Idaho should have a say. I would encourage everyone to get more educated about this issue, because once they do get more educated there is no way that anyone would want this smelter in our backyard.”

To learn more about Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter, go to To learn more about Snyder’s campaign, go to

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