Meet Mary

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SECURING OUR ELECTIONS

Mary will lean on her experience in the state senate to review current law and update our election system as needed so we can keep our elections safe, secure, and fair to all registered voters.

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SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS

Mary understands how important Idaho’s Business Division is to entrepreneurs across our state and will use her business background to ensure government services are available to those who need them.

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PRESERVING LOCAL RESOURCES

As secretary of state, Mary will use her position on the Land Board to responsibly manage our state’s local resources for the expressed benefit of our schools, our children’s mental health, and more.

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MARY SOUZA KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO MEET A CHALLENGE. The only girl out of eight children, she grew up competing with her seven brothers and building the strength of a leader along the way.

After graduating high school, Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and spent the next decade working as a critical care nurse and clinical nursing instructor before returning to school and earning her master’s in health education.

When her husband Rick started his new business, Mary agreed to step away from nursing so she could help him as general manager, which she did so for 15 of their 37 years in business. Thanks to that decision, Mary understands exactly what it takes to run a successful business in our community.

Local community interests inspired Mary to serve on the Planning & Zoning Committee, among other activities, and later to write a weekly political column for the local newspaper. In 2009, a local city council election was decided by only five votes. As Mary was writing her column about the court case arising from the contest of the election, she became fascinated by the many elements and vulnerabilities of our election system. Her interest in elections has only grown over the years and motivated her to run for office at the state level.

In 2014, Mary was elected state senator and is now finishing her fourth term in office. As our state senator, she has sponsored and/or carried a long list of election bills, with a focus on reporting, transparency, and increasing turnout while maintaining security.

Now that our current secretary of state is retiring, Mary is ready to step up to the challenge and bring her warm, calm, communicative leadership style to the job.