As one of Idaho’s few reliably Democratic districts in Idaho, Boise’s District 19 has attracted a second candidate for an open seat — university administrator Melissa Wintrow.
Wintrow was the first director of the Women’s Center at Boise State University and is program director of the school’s Residential College.
Wintrow announced her campaign in a news release Monday for the North and East end seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Holli Woodings, who is running for secretary of state.
“I understand the perseverance and patience it requires to work to address issues of injustice and discrimination in our society,” Wintrow said in the release. “I have first hand experience standing up for others who don’t have a voice, and I am prepared to serve my community as a legislator.”
Wintrow, who is married, also has worked as Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University and Portland State University.
She will face Boise School Board Trustee and BSU professor Troy Rohn, who finished second to Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, in the 2012 Democratic primary with 35 percent of the vote.
Wintrow’s news release follows:
Melissa Wintrow Announces Candidacy for Idaho Legislature District 19
Boise, ID – Citing her extensive experience in the community, Melissa Wintrow announced her candidacy for Idaho’s legislative district 19, seat B. “I understand the perseverance and patience it requires to work to address issues of injustice and discrimination in our society. I have first hand experience standing up for others who don’t have a voice, and I am prepared to serve my community as a legislator,” Wintrow said.
As a seasoned educator and visionary program administrator, she has most recently left her mark at Boise State University where she developed a dynamic Women’s Center and a nationally recognized Residential College program. During her time at the Women’s Center, she built meaningful coalitions with the Idaho Women’s Network, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Women of Color Alliance, the International Rescue Committee, the LGBT Community Center, the Black History Museum, and Planned Parenthood. Wintrow added, “As a legislator, I will continue to build relationships and networks that can solve the problems we face in our state. I understand the complexity of the issues that impact Idahoans and our communities.”
Melissa is the recipient of many awards that signal her commitment to Idaho: the Larry Selland Humanitarian Award and the Women Making History Award from Boise State Women’s Center in 2010 and 2006 respectively; the Accomplished 40 Under 40 from the Idaho Business Review in 2002; and the Award of Excellence from the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance in 2005, among others.
An avid outdoorswoman, she loves spending time in Idaho’s backcountry and finished her first Ironman in 2010. Melissa biked across the United States in 1996, when she got her first glimpse of Idaho. She made Boise her permanent home in 1999 and lives happily with her husband, Brad, and her dog, Jack.
Wintrow will be a candidate in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014. For more information please visit www.wintrowforidaho.com.