Meridian City Council member Treg A. Bernt has thrown his name into the race to represent District 21 in the Idaho State Senate.
Bernt, who was recently re-elected to council, said while campaigning for city council, he was inspired to run for senate. He said residents of Meridian seemed ‘frustrated’ that issues such as property taxes, education, and growth were not being discussed at the Legislature.
Bernt told BoiseDev that if he is elected to the senate, he intends to resign his council seat.
“Our citizens need a strong voice in the Legislature focused on what impacts them daily -schools, roads, and taxes,” Bernt said.
Bernt recently entered his second term on city council and also served as the council president for the last two years. He currently serves as a board member of the Meridian Development Corporation and is the Vice-Chair of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative committee.
“Experience matters,” he said. “I am confident that I can represent the values and interests of citizens in this new legislative district. They want a state senator that will be accessible, they can talk to, and will fight to make our community and state a better place to live.”
Bernt is making his official senate announcement on Friday, February 11 at 10 a.m. in Generations Plaza in downtown Meridian.
The Declaration of Candidacy filing period runs from February 28 through March 11 so at this time Bernt’s opponents are not known. However, the Idaho Secretary of States finance reports show Dawn Pierce (D) and current senator Regina Bayer (R) receiving donations and filing annual reports.