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Tara Malek

State Senator Legislative District 4

Biography & Background

Republican Tara Malek is a pro-law enforcement, pro-education, pro-constitution candidate that will fight for our individual freedoms. Her experience, passion, and drive will make her an extremely effective defender for the values Idahoans hold dear. She is running for office because she believes in public safety, preserving our public lands, and defending our second amendment rights.

A first generation American, Tara immigrated to the US when she was three. She graduated from the University of Idaho Law school and has lived in Idaho for the last fourteen years. Tara has dedicated herself to helping Idahoans and her community all while enjoying the many blessings and privileges that the state has to offer.

Tara’s career in public service began at the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s office where she quickly rose from a misdemeanor prosecutor to a felony drug prosecutor. Primarily working with specialized drug task force teams, Tara collaborated with law enforcement to help deter and stop the flow of drugs into the Kootenai County community. Tara then accepted a position prosecuting drug dealing gang members as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and then as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boise. Tara also worked to ensure the integrity of our immigration system by prosecuting those individuals who illegally entered the United States.

In 2018, Tara decided to move back to Coeur d’Alene and joined Smith + Malek, PLLC as an owner and civil litigator. Since then, Tara has devoted herself to growing the business with her team and creating an environment supportive of working parents.

With a passion for public service, Tara has continued to give back by serving on numerous local and statewide boards. Tara has also been recognized as a Leader in Law, Accomplished Under 40, one of the Women of the Year honorees, and Top 30 Under 40.

Top 3 Issues:

1. As a former prosecutor, public safety is at the top of Tara’s priority list. Stopping the flow of drugs into our community and securing our borders from illegal immigration is critically important to the future of the state and the nation. As someone who has prosecuted drug traffickers, gang members and illegal immigrants,Tara is focused on making sure that our communities and our citizens are protected from these outside threats.
2. As a young female, Tara understands well the desire for personal safety. Because of her experience, Tara knows that having the right and ability to insure our own personal safety and that of our families is vital. As a proud owner of firearms and an attorney, Tara understands our state and federal constitutions and believes in protecting and upholding the rights of our responsible Idahoans to keep and bear arms against those that seek to strip them away.
3. For the last 14 years, Tara has recreated in Idaho. An avid fly fisher, hiker, backpacker, and camper, Tara is invested in preserving public land access for all Idahoans to use instead of selling them to out of state private interests or allowing the federal government to overreach and mismanage them. Tara firmly believes that Idahoans know best how to take care of land, prevent forest fires and create a space that everyone can enjoy. Tara will work hard to make sure that our public lands remain public.

Integrity in Affiliation

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