Matt Beehner, 58, is running for the Distinct No. 3 position of Shoshone County Commissioner and if elected, plans to be accountable to the citizens he would represent.
“I want to be available to hear all concerns of the citizens of Shoshone County,” he said. “If a concern is brought to my attention, I will make every effort to follow through with it.”
Beehner (I), the challenger, is running against incumbent John Hansen for the position.
Married to his wife, Minde for 33 years, the couple have raised three children (two daughters and a son) together in the Silver Valley. His education includes a high school diploma from Wallace High School.
Beehner’s job experience consists of working at the Sunshine Mine right out of high school. After that, he worked with the Rails to Trails Program as an equipment operator and crew leader. He also played a role in EPA cleanups locally and internationally.
“These jobs had me dealing with agencies at local, state, federal and international levels,” he said.
Currently, he is running his own contract mining and consulting service business.
As for notable achievements, Beenher severed as the Union Vice President for Local No. 5089 Steelworkers and Union safety representative at the Sunshine Mine.
His volunteer efforts include supporting local athletics as a youth coach.
On top of all this, he says that he was apart of a group that gathered signatures for a petition to allow taxpayers to decide what to do with the East Shoshone Hospital District.
Pertaining to the position he is running for, Beehner explains that “over the past three years, I have spent time watching and actively being involved in the county budget process. I have spent this time learning about county revenues and expenses.”
If he wins, Beehner plans to use his new position to listen to the concerns of taxpayers, work with different departments to educate himself on department needs so he can make informed decisions during the budget process, cut waste (not services) for residents, and try to find ways to bring in jobs with benefits.