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State Representative, District 1, Position A

Mark Sauter

Mark Sauter, Dover, is running for District 1A Representative because he has the leadership skills and the solid conservative values that focus on our citizens and our communities.

"We need leaders who are responsible, who listen to all their constituents and who will collaborate with their conservative colleagues to find solutions," he said. “We live in challenging times. The last decade has brought immense growth, changes in political attitudes and stressful impacts to our communities. Idaho, once known for its civility and common-sense conservative thinking, is now at a tipping point. Our Republican Party is often divided. We need to focus on what is good for our communities and seek conservative solutions and responsible representation. Serving our communities is part of the fabric of our country."

Mark was raised in a middle-class family, his mother a telephone operator and his father a bakery salesman. He attended public schools and earned a degree in fire administration and a master's degree in public administration. He worked as a firefighter, paramedic, engineer, captain and fire marshal for the Downey, California, Fire Department before being promoted to fire chief, a position he held for eight years before retiring in December, 2008.

He then served two years as Downey Deputy City Manager and another year as a contracted emergency management specialist before moving to North Idaho permanently in June 2012, having purchased property here in the 1990s and becoming a family forester with the help of a Boundary County logger and University of Idaho Extension classes.

Mark is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast; an appreciation he developed when he spent time camping in Priest Lake with his family in the 1960s. He fell in love with the mountains, trees and lakes. That love remains all these years later. Working, skiing or hiking, Mark is outside whenever possible. When not outdoors, you will find him in one of his many volunteer activities.

He is involved with local fire departments doing administrative and prevention work, he's served as president of the Bonner County Fire Chiefs group since 2019 and he's been on the field for nearly every Sandpoint Bulldogs home football game since he moved here, flipping burgers in a custom portable kitchen wagon he designed and built with SHS students and friends.

He is single and has two grown children; a daughter who is deputy prosecutor and a son who is a Navy pilot.

"Public service has always been key to my career, my community life and my family," he said. "My experience has been to look at what we have in common and work on improving those things. I've been encouraged to run as the District 1A Representative because of my willingness to be involved, to find solutions for issues and problems concerning our communities and my overall interest in preserving our quality of life.”

Mark believes our public school system should be a consistent focus for all of us. The state constitution mandates our Legislature support it. The system includes K-12, trade schools and higher education. The vigilance should include evaluation and addressing the concerns of the voters.

“Raising future generations of responsible adults and families, retaining our natural resources and improving our economic platform for agriculture, the timber industry, local business and tourism are all important.

"We must also focus on our economic vitality. Our infrastructure system is a critical part of our foundation for commerce. Maintaining and improving our transportation system supports jobs, business, public safety, and tourism.

“I look forward to meeting and listening to as many Bonner and Boundary County citizens as possible over the next couple of months. My focus for our North Idaho neighbors is to listen to our citizens and then utilize my skills and education to represent our residents responsibly. To do that, I need your vote in the primary election on May 17. Your support is critical.”

Voters can learn more about Mark Sauter at www.marksauterforidaho.com, by emailing mark@marksauterforidaho.com or by calling or texting (208) 274-3167.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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