Incumbent Library Trustee Susan Shea to seek reelection

Reader Staff

Incumbent East Bonner County Library Trustee Susan Shea has announced plans to seek reelection in the May 2023 election. 

Shea was elected to the Library Board of Trustees in 2017. Over the course of her six-year tenure, Shea has contributed her financial experience to the Library Board, drawing on 45 years of employment in finance. 

Susan Shea. File photo.

According to her campaign announcement, Shea’s experience helped reduce the amount of the levy each year and steadily reduce the community’s library tax contributions by declining an annual 3% tax increase.

“Ms. Shea is a strong team player and she works collaboratively with the other four library trustees in order to promote the East Bonner County Library’s vision, ensure its effectiveness and provide excellent library services for our community,” the announcement stated, adding, “The United States Constitution guides Ms. Shea’s commitment to protecting the First Amendment rights of all of our citizens.”

A resident of Bonner County for 30 years, Shea has worked at Coldwater Creek, Timberline Helicopter, Southside Water and Sewer District, and as director of Bonner County’s Indigent and Charity Program. She has been married for 45 years to Dan Shea, who recently retired from the Bonner County Audit Department. 

The election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16. Register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot at the Bonner County Election Offices (1500 Hwy. 2, Suite 124, in Sandpoint) or by going to The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Early, in-person voting runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday from May 1 to May 12 at the Elections Office.

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