Education: Graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1971 and then attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California for two years. She later attended North Idaho College and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
Work experience: Worked as a physical therapist at multiple hospitals in the Inland Northwest before retiring from Multicare Valley Hospital in February.
Political experience: None.
Family: Married. Has four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
- 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
Mary Souza and Cory Jane English, candidates to represent Coeur d’Alene in the state Senate, disagree on many of the big issues facing Idaho.
Fourth-term Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, has tried to carry on a tradition passed down to him from former Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, of wearing a different tie each day of the legislative session, and never a repeat.
Idaho lawmakers have come up with a new budget for the state superintendent of schools that includes the statewide rollout next year of a new version of the state’s reading assessment test for kindergartners through third-graders – which had been left out of the previous version of the budget bill.
Legislation to shift Idaho school board elections from May to November cleared the Idaho House on a 50-18 vote Tuesday and headed to the governor’s desk.
Education would improve in Idaho if the state moved its school board elections from May to November, Coeur d’Alene Sen. Mary Souza told a Senate committee on Friday, to give them more visibility and draw more voter participation. The committee approved Souza’s bill on a party-line vote, with just two minority Democrats dissenting.
Idaho hasn’t lost any more ground, but its state employee compensation remains far below market rates, despite 3 percent merit raises approved last year, state lawmakers learned Thursday.