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State House B, District 4 - Coeur d'Alene

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.

Shem Hanks


Education: Graduated from Christian Center School in Hayden; earned two bachelor’s degreees in history from Eastern Washington.

Work experience: Life coach turned after-care program supervisor at Northwest College Support, an organization working with students with emotional or mental disabilities.

Political experience: Worked on legislative campaigns for local city council races; former president of Kootenai County Democratic Party; current chairman of Kootenai County Democratic Central Committee.

Family: Single.

Complete Coverage

Shem Hanks aims to boost working class, Paul Amador stresses collaboration in race for Coeur d’Alene House seat

State Rep. Paul Amador’s re-election bid for a 4th Legislative District seat that represents Coeur d’Alene is challenged by Democrat Shem Hanks.