Kathy Dawes

Kathy Dawes grew up in the Midwest and earned her degree from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She later moved to Moscow with her husband to attend the University of Idaho, where she obtained her master’s degree in Zoology. During her time in Moscow, Kathy worked as a lab technician and ran her own business specializing in scientific illustrations. Together, they raised their two children in Moscow while Kathy pursued a career as an 8th-grade science teacher in the Moscow School District.

Throughout her life in Latah County, Kathy has been actively involved in various community organizations. She is a founding member of several local groups and has contributed to national organizations like the Citizens Climate Lobby, the League of Women Voters of Idaho, and Braver Angels. Her dedication to civic engagement and advocacy led to recognition from the Latah County Human Rights Task Force, where she received the Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Award in 2024.

Kathy’s commitment to community service extends to her involvement with Reclaim Idaho, where she coordinated volunteers for initiatives supporting Medicaid expansion, quality education, and open primaries. In her leisure time, Kathy enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing and cross-country skiing, as well as playing in the Sesitshaya Marimba band, a group dedicated to learning African songs and rhythms under the guidance of Zimbabwean instructors.

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