Today, Latah County Commissioner Tom Lamar announced he will be running for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners. He was first elected to serve as County Commissioner in 2014, and was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He was chosen by Commissioners of both parties to serve in the leadership role as the Board’s chair.
“I am proud to serve all the people of Latah County,” Lamar said. “Every day I work on a range of issues brought to me by our residents, such as: promoting fair and affordable housing, preserving open space, enhancing mental health services, supporting our workforce with childcare options, and protecting drinking water in our communities. I will continue to inspire other elected leaders in our region to act on our shared values, collaborate effectively to solve problems, and provide much needed services.”
Commissioner Lamar pointed out his approach to public policy with an open ear and balanced view toward promoting the economy, community, and natural resources. “I am working to foster growth in Latah County that results in well-paying jobs and thriving communities where our children choose to stay and have the opportunity to raise families. I am proud to serve as your commissioner on ‘Team Latah,’ setting the gold standard among counties of Idaho.”
Lamar previously served seven years as a Moscow City Council member. Lamar has recently served as chair of the five county North Central region of the Idaho Association of Counties, chosen by other elected officials from Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, Idaho, and Latah Counties. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the North Central Idaho Behavioral Health Board, and the secretary of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor. He is the county liaison to the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee, and the Latah County Historical Society. Former USDA Secretary Perdue appointed Lamar to the USFS North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).
Since 1990, he has been the executive director of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI), a broad-based conservation group based in Moscow. Lamar taught Conservation Leadership for six years at the University of Idaho. He holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology from the University of Delaware. His three daughters graduated from the University of Idaho.
In Idaho, commissioners serve rotating 2-year and 4-year terms, so two commissioners are on the ballot in every general election. Lamar has reappointed Margaret Dibble as his campaign treasurer. Visit https://tomlamar.org to learn more about Lamar.