Tommy Ahlquist

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Tommy Ahlquist
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Personal details
Born (1968-01-25) January 25, 1968 (age 50)
Hunter, Utah, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Ricks College
University of Utah (BS, MD)
Website Campaign website

John Thomas "Tommy" Ahlquist III (born January 25, 1968) is a business owner, commercial real-estate developer, and retired physician from the State of Idaho.[1] He was a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for Governor of Idaho in the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial election.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ahlquist was born on January 25, 1968, in Hunter, Utah, and grew up on a small family farm. Both of Ahlquist’s grandfathers worked for Kennecott Copper. His father worked as a journeyman electrician when he was young and later as a construction manager for large commercial projects.[4] His mother has owned her own preschool for nearly forty years.[5]

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He earned his Eagle Scout Award at the age of thirteen, and then drew national attention by becoming one of only a few Scouts in the history of the Boy Scouts of America program to earn all 121 merit badges.[6]

Ahlquist attended Cyprus High School where he participated in athletics[7] and student government. He earned several awards for academic excellence and leadership. After high school, Ahlquist moved to Rexburg, Idaho to attend Ricks College[8] where he played basketball[9] and studied pre-med.[10]

He left school in 1987 to serve as an LDS missionary in Brazil. Upon his return in 1989, he enrolled in the University of Utah, where he managed the Pediatric Intensive Care Research Laboratory at the university while attending school. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BA degree in biology and a minor in chemistry in 1992. Ahlquist continued to study medicine at the University of Utah, graduating as a Doctor of Medicine in 1996.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ahlquist is married to Shanna Mullins, his high-school sweetheart.[12] They have four children.[13]

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[14] and served as a stake president in the Meridian Idaho North Stake of the LDS Church from October 27, 2013,[15] to February 4, 2017.[16]

Medical career[edit]

Ahlquist completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Arizona in 1999. While there, he served as the chief resident and earned the award for Resident of the Year. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.[17] After residency, Ahlquist began working as an attending physician in Boise, Idaho for St. Luke’s Health System and has worked in emergency rooms across the state of Idaho for over 15 years.

Early in his career as an emergency room (ER) doctor, Ahlquist saw the need for improved care for victims of sexual assault and abuse. After local law enforcement and the county prosecutors formed the FACES of Hope Victim Center in Boise, Ahlquist went on to serve as chairman of the Foundation for a few years.[18] Recently, Ahlquist and a political action committee (PAC) supporting his campaign for governor have come under fire for claiming he founded the Victim Center despite no proof of this.[19]

Ahlquist co-founded a Public Access Defibrillator Service company, STAT PADS LLC in 2001.[20]

Seeing a need for affordable health care for working families, in collaboration with Idaho State University, Ahlquist opened an urgent care and primary care clinic in Meridian, Idaho.[citation needed]

Ahlquist retired from full-time work as an emergency room physician in 2014.[21]

Medical Research[edit]

Publications

Pappas JB, Nuttal KL, Ahlquist JT, Allen EM, Banner W Jr. 1995. "Oral Dimercaptosuccinic Acid and Ongoing Exposure to Lead: Effects on Heme Synthesis and Lead Distribution in a Rat Model. Published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 133, 121-129.[22]

Participation in Scientific Meetings

Ahlquist JT III and Schunk J. "The Responses of Vital Signs to Changes in Body Temperature in a Pediatric Emergency Department." Presented at the annual meeting of the Academic Pediatric Association at Carmel, California. February 17–18, 1996.

Ahlquist JT III, Pappas JB, Banner W Jr. "The Impact of Fluoride on Lead Distribution in a Rat Model." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Geography and Health

Pappas JB, Ahlquist JT III, Banner W Jr. "The Effect of Oral Succimer on Ongoing Exposure to Lead." Presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology. New Orleans, Louisiana. March 14–18, 1993.

Pappas JB, Ahlquist JT III, Banner W Jr. , Winn P. "The Effect of Oral Succimer on Ongoing Exposure to Lead." Presented at the annual Scientific Meeting AAPCC/AACT/ABMT/CAPCC. Tampa, Florida. September 19–22, 1992.

Vuignier BI, Pappas JB, Banner W Jr. , Beauson D., Ahlquist JT III, Bitters A. A Study of Lead Poisoning Among Utah Children. Presented at the annual Scientific Meeting AAPCC/AACT/ABMT/CAPCC. Tampa, Florida. September 19–22, 1992.

Research Projects hlquist JT III, Kei S. "Changes in Emergency Department Perception by Parents Following Implementation of a Child Awareness Program." 1997

Ahlquist JT III, Tranmoe N, Linsey D, Walter FG. "Effects of Delayed Dosing of Crotalid Antfenom Following Crotalus antrox Envenomation in a Rat Model." 1996

Ahlquist JT III, Kohler S, Guisto J. "Ambulance Transport: Patient Demographics." 1997

Ahlquist JT III, Schunk J. "The Response of Vital Signs to Changes in Body Temperature in a Pediatric Emergency Department." 1995

Developer career[edit]

In 2006, Ahlquist founded Ahlquist Development and began developing commercial real estate.[23]

After developing several smaller buildings, Ahlquist Development partnered with Gardner Company.[24][25] Their first major joint development was Portico at Meridian, a 7 building, 328,000 square foot, mixed-use project in Meridian Idaho.[26] Multiple projects[27] followed in the Treasure Valley including St. Luke’s Medical Plaza in Nampa,[28] West Valley Medical Complex in Caldwell,[29] Library Square in Nampa,[30] Eagle Island Crossing[31] and Mace River Ranch in Eagle,[32] and Twin Falls Surgery Center in Twin Falls.

In 2011, Ahlquist Development merged with Gardner Company[33] and several significant projects have followed. Many in the state of Idaho are familiar with the "Boise Hole" at the corner of 8th and Main,[34] which, for 25 years, served as a reminder of prior failures.[35] Led by Ahlquist, Gardner Company successfully filled the hole with the tallest building in Idaho,[36] the Zion’s Bank Building.[37][38][39]

Gardner Company followed that with the 400,000 square-foot City Center Plaza in Boise.[40] This project[41] includes an underground transit center, new retail, an expanded convention center, Boise State University Computer Science Department[42] and the corporate headquarters for Clearwater Analytics.[43][44]

In 2016, Ahlquist led the formation of a new division of Gardner Company focusing on a continuum of care for seniors through independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities all tied into local health systems, called Veranda Senior Living.[45][46]

Community Service[edit]

Ahlquist has served on multiple community boards and subcommittees, some are: Family Advocates, United Way of the Treasure Valley,[47] YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida Council Board, Treasure Valley Leadership Alliance,[48] Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Idaho Technology Council,[49] Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce,[50] Idaho State University President’s Advisory Board,[51][52] University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center Advisory Board, American Heart Association,[53] March of Dimes, Go Red for Women,[54][55] and the FACES of Hope Victims Center.

Politics[edit]

Ahlquist was a finalist for the Idaho State Department of Education Board opening in July 2014 when Milford Terrell announced that he was stepping down early from his term.[56] David Hill, formerly with Idaho National Laboratory, received the appointment.[57]

He founded Idaho 2020 in 2014.[58] This bipartisan think tank brings together business leaders from around Idaho to focus on challenges facing the state.[59] In 2015 the group tackled investing in infrastructure and developed suggestions for leaders and lawmakers.[60][61][62] In 2016, in collaboration with the Boise State University Policy Institute, the group studied transportation in Idaho and recently published the results.[63][64]

2016 presidential election[edit]

Ahlquist supported Marco Rubio in the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016 and served has financial co-chair for Idaho.[65] He did not support President Donald Trump in the general election[66] and wrote in Marco Rubio.[67]

2018 Idaho gubernatorial race[edit]

On March 1, 2017, Ahlquist announced his candidacy for the Idaho gubernatorial election.[68] His slogan is "a conservative blueprint for building an even better Idaho".[69] His three main platforms are fixing Idaho's health care gap, economic development, and education.[70] On September 5, 2017, he add a plank of ethics/term limits.[71][72] He did a 97-stop tour of Idaho to kick off his campaign,[73] which he finished in May 2017.[74]

Ahlquist took third only getting 26.2% compared to Raúl Labrador's 32.6% and the winner of the Idaho Republican Party primary Brad Little who got 37.3%.[75]

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