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Learn About Tom Hearn

Tom Hearn first came to Idaho in 1973 from California and became an Idaho resident in 1976. He worked for a residential treatment center in Spokane for delinquent and orphaned children from 1973 to 1975. In 1977 Tom worked for Child Protective Services in Sandpoint. After he married Kathy, he went to Seattle for one year to get a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Washington. In 1981 Tom and Kathy moved to Coeur d’Alene where he again worked for CPS and left Health and Welfare in 1986 to go into full time mental health counseling. He was part owner of Interfaith Family Counseling Services and later full owner North Idaho Treatment Associates. Tom continued his mental health practice until he retired in September 2013. Tom and Kathy have two children and four grandchildren.

Although Mr. Hearn had a very busy mental health practice he was also involved in the community throughout his time of living in Coeur d’Alene. He was on the Friends of Head Start board from 1995 to 2007, and on the board of directors of the Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team (CAST) in 1997 and 1998. He was on the Children’s Village original board of directors in 1988 and 89. He was a founding member of the Idaho Network for Children which was a state chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Hearn was on the Lewis and Clark State College Advisory Board from 1997 to 1999. He was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) from 2014 to 2015 and again in 2017 and 2018. He was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Coeur d’Alene from May 1999 to January 2001.

Mr. Hearn also had various appointments on state boards and task forces. In 1995 Attorney General Jim Jones appointed Mr. Hearn to a task force to draft child witness legislation. In 1997 Attorney General Al Lance appointed Mr. Hearn to a task force on community notification of sex offenders. In1990 Governor Cecil Andrus appointed Mr. Hearn to the Idaho State Board of Social Work Examiners. In 2000 he was appointed to the Idaho Sex Offender Classification Board by Governor Dirk Kempthorne and reappointed by Governor Butch Otter in 2008.

Mr. Hearn was also elected to the Coeur d’Alene School Board and began his term in July 2013 and resigned in September 2019 when he moved to his current address down by Harrison. He was on the Kootenai School Board in Harrison from May 2022 until December 2023. He was also on the Idaho School Boards Association board from 2014 to 2017 and was chair of the regional board.

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Why Tom Hearn is running for State Senator

It is past time for there to be representation in the legislature by a senator from Northern Idaho who will try to address the unique rural needs of rural communities. Rural communities, while they value their freedom and do not want government interference in their lives, they also believe in community and being helpful and responsible for their neighbors. Citizens in rural communities desire basic government services such as good roads, good schools, affordable and accessible health care and emergency services, and economic development that particularly helps small businesses. My neighbors want to preserve public lands and waters for hunting, fishing and recreation and they want to preserve open spaces while maintaining conservation programs that help farmers common loggers and local communities.

The incumbent has not addressed any of these needs. He tends to vote in a manner antithetical to the needs of rural communities. He has repeatedly voted against schools, medical and mental health care, and even in 2024 was the only Senator who voted against a resolution in the Senate that condemned racism.

Mr. Hearn has a lifetime of service to individuals and the community and will be listening to the concerns of rural communities and representing them in the legislature. He is not driven by a partisan political agenda but wants to be of service to the people in district 2. He has shown a long history of working in a bipartisan manner whether in appointed or elected positions and would do the same in the Senate. Mr. Hearn supports the residents of District 2 and his lifetime of service shows that he will represent their needs and not those of partisan groups.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Ronald Reagan