City: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Owns car dealership
Owner of the Coeur d’Alene Honda dealership and a former county Republican Party chair, Sims is seeking a fourth term in the House. She earlier served a term in the Senate after being appointed, but lost to then-Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, when redistricting pushed the two Republicans into the same district as she sought re-election. A critic of urban renewal laws and of the local redevelopment agency, she is vice chair of the House Local Government Committee. Sims also serves on the Judiciary and State Affairs committees. She is a Rotarian and a board member of the Idaho Auto Dealers. A Spokane native, Sims graduated from North Idaho Junior College in accounting. She served on the Idaho Human Rights Commission; and has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Two years after the Idaho Republican Party’s state convention degenerated into chaos, the party wrapped up a surprisingly smooth confab in Nampa Saturday with much talk of party unity, though little enthusiasm for presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Three North Idaho lawmakers lost their seats in Tuesday’s primary election. The three – Reps. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton; and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood – have something in common: They’re all among the top 10 scorers in the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s “Freedom Index.” The conservative lobbying group launched a new campaigning arm this year, Idaho Freedom Action, and pushed hard to boost lawmakers like these three and take out other Republicans it deemed too moderate. But the push largely failed.
Here’s my full story from today’s Spokesman-Review on contested primary races in legislative District 4 in Coeur d’Alene, the third in a series: CdA legislator faces challenger who hopes to defund Idaho budget of federal money By Betsy Z. Russell As he seeks a third…
As he seeks a third term in the Legislature, Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, faces a challenge from a local real estate attorney who’s gone on the attack – criticizing Malek as too young and inexperienced to represent Coeur d’Alene in the Legislature, saying, “He hasn’t built anything in his life to speak of, including a family, a business, or anything else.”
Interstate 90 interchange at Wolf Lodge is slated for upgrade.