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State Representative, Position B, Republican Primary

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Paul Amador (R) 1,540 51.99%
Kathleen Sims (R) 1,422 48.01%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

Paul Amador

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California; Eearned bachelor’s in agricultural economics from California State University, Fresno; earned master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada.

Work experience: Current director of program development at University of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene; Aaffiliate faculty in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at U of I; owner of Amador Education Consulting and Development; owner of Trinity Farms (almond farm); former director of academic advising at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana; former compliance officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Political experience: Elected to Idaho state House in 2016. Serves on Education, Judiciary Rules and Administration, Agricultural Affairs House committees.

Family: Married. Has 1-year-old son.

Kathleen Sims

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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.

Complete Coverage

District 4 races: Malek-Macomber, Sims-Amador, and more…

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…

Coeur d’Alene legislator faces challenger who hopes to defund Idaho budget of federal money

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.”