Candidates 2016

Bonner Dems – BE AWARE – Steve Tanner and Bob Vicarious are NOT DEMOCRATS – they are ultra conservative candidates running as Democrats in the primary election.


Please WRITE IN Stephen F. Howlett for 1st Congressional District One Seat B

1st Congressional District Seat A

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Kate McAlister 

Kate McAlister, President & CEO of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, announced her candidacy for State Representative District 1A. The current District IA Representative is Heather Scott.

Kate believes we need new leadership to restore balance to a broken political process and to give every Idahoan the same opportunity to create a future for themselves and their families.

We need to continue growing an economy that works for everyone within our region and to give our children and grandchildren the opportunity for an education to help them compete in today’s job market. We absolutely need to protect our way of life: clean air and water, access to public lands and safe communities.

Her life experiences, professional expertise, abilities, skills, political philosophy and understanding of the issues uniquely qualify her to represent the people of District 1A. Kate has lived in the Sandpoint area for 22 years and although not born in Idaho, has lived in Idaho since the 6th grade.  She has four adult children and even more important, eight grandchildren.

Kate’s campaign team represents diversity of generations, genders, thought and professions. Her campaign manager is Char Godec, a retired veteran, and her treasurer is Karl Dye, a well-respected community member.  The best news is that her team is getting bigger. Kate has been teaching leadership for the last six years and her students are stepping up and getting involved.

She has served on many community boards and organizations and believes strongly in giving back for what she has received. Currently she is a long-standing member of the Angels Over Sandpoint, serves as Chairman of the Board for the International Selkirk Loop. Kate is also the Vice Chair on the Forrest Bird Charter Board of Directors, is a current commissioner on the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency (SURA) as well as a commissioner on the City of Sandpoint Human Rights Commission.

You may contact Kate at
(208) 691-7247 or

Donations may be sent to
Kate McAlister for Representative
P.O. Box 292
Sandpoint, ID 83864.

Seventh Congressional District  Seat A


Jessica Chilcott

  • Jessica believes that as a State, Idaho needs to invest in the education of its citizens from pre-K through the University system. Idaho also needs to promote economic policies that encourage younger generations to stay in Idaho and that allow hard working families room to breathe. Idaho should also be investing in the well-being of all of its citizens.

    Jessica moved to Idaho in 1994. After graduating from Horseshoe Bend High School, Jessica moved to Moscow to attend college at the University of Idaho.Jessica graduated from the University of Idaho in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Jessica also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis Clark State College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University. Jessica has worked in human services since 2006 mostly as a case manager.

    Idaho has some of the highest rates of volunteerism in the Nation. Jessica is proud to participate in the commitment to our community. Jessica has worked with a variety of organizations to better her community including facilitating the Bonner County Interagency meeting, the Medical Reserve Corps and as a parent volunteer, and merit badge counselor with Boy Scouts. Jessica also sits on the board for the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and NAMI Far North, and the Northwest Coalition for Human Rights.

    Jessica believes that integrity, respect and community are Idaho values. Jessica believes in the importance of working together to achieve community and statewide goals. The democratic process is enhanced when we all come together with our knowledge and experience to work for our future.

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State Senator – District Seven


Ken Meyers

Ken Meyers has announced his candidacy for the Idaho State Senate, District 7. This district includes Bonner County precincts east of US 95 and south of the Long Bridge, and Shoshone, Clearwater, and Idaho counties.

Meyers came to the Sandpoint area, full time, in 2005, after retirement from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Ken was a Professor of Veterinary Physiology and Associate Dean, responsible for admission and education of veterinary students. He also led a research program focused on platelet function and coagulation, and started the first Veterinary Transfusion Medicine program.

He says he brings needed qualities to this position, e.g., the ability to listen to all sides of an issue, good judgment, and comfort with decision-making. He is a consensus builder.

If elected he says he will help provide needed balance to the State Senate, and help that body make decisions and take action based on facts. Ken believes that climate change is real and has a human component. He believes government should stay focused on issues that result in a strong economy, provide bootstraps for the working poor, and promote a thriving middle class. Throughout his life Ken has focused his work on discovering new knowledge and education. He is serious about educating Idaho’s children for a 21st century economy. He will work to create a state government that is efficient, transparent, and responsive. He will not waste legislators’ time and taxpayers’ money on inconsequential issues or issues already decided by the Supreme Court. Like most Idahoans, he believes we need natural resource policies that protect our legacy of public lands, while providing recreational and economic opportunity. Ken will work against efforts for privatization of public lands or the state to acquire federal lands. He will work for state government policy that protects personal freedoms, does not discriminate, and promotes a more equitable society.

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