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Mary Souza

A candidate for Coeur d'Alene Mayor, City of Coeur d'Alene in the 2013 Nov. 5 Idaho General Election

Party: Republican

Age: 65

City: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Holy Names Academy in Spokane, 1971. Holds bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, 1976; and master’s degree in health education from Whitworth Univesity in Spokane, 1989.

Political background: Incumbent state senator, elected in 2014; seeking re-election for a second two-year term. Ran unsuccessfully for the Coeur d’Alene City Council and for mayor of Coeur d’Alene. Appointed to the city Planning and Zoning Commission for six years.

Work experience: Worked as a critical care nurse for 10 years, and also taught nursing at Spokane Community College. Worked as general manager of family business, Design Events in Coeur d’Alene, for 15 years, and continues to work there.

Family: Married. Has four for 38 years, four grown children, one grandchild

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On this race:

Businesswoman Mary Souza, 60, co-owner of Design Events, is a former critical care registered nurse and clinical nursing instructor for Spokane Community College. She has served six years on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and was chair of the city's first Open Space Committee. Souza called for a public advisory vote on the McEuen Park project and helped organize an effort to recall Mayor Bloem and city councilors who voted to proceed with that project; the recall failed. She says as mayor she would support public votes on "major optional issues," control spending, streamline City Hall, enable career-level job creation and work to rebuild trust in city government.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Steve Widmyer () 4,719 56.13 %
Mary Souza (R) 3,556 42.30 %
Joseph Kunka () 132 1.57 %

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