VOTE on 05/19/20 8:00 a.m
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Butch Horton

Republican for District 1 County Commissioner

Meet Butch Horton!


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, and why I am running for Bonner County Commissioner in District 1.  At a time when our beautiful county is facing unprecedented growth, I like many others have become increasingly frustrated by the tone and lack of direction in our county government.  At a time when we need clear vision and good judgement to steer us into the future, we seem to dissolve into conflict.

I believe we need better strategic planning, more cooperation, and a positive focus on the needs of our county.  I believe I can bring those leadership skills to our county.  As a child raised in a military family, I learned early on, that service is key to protecting our way of life – and I have practiced that throughout my life.

Here is more about my background and qualifications.

  • I was raised in a military family and experienced life in many locations in the United States and Germany.
  • I served in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist.
  • I have been married to Malinda for 25 years and we have a blended family of seven grown children. Malinda is a nurse practitioner and owner at Rooted Health, an integrative medicine clinic. Our joint hobbies include skiing, hiking and the lake.
  • Education: BS from the University of Idaho in Economics; AAS in pre-engineering at Weber State College.

I have a varied professional background, with a great deal of relevant career experience in business and management that I would bring to the job as a Bonner County Commissioner.

  • I’ve held management positions in the hospitality industry
  • Leadership positions in the auto industry
  • Started business selling educational software to home computer market
  • Leadership position in commercial construction company building veteran’s hospitals and clinics for the U.S. government
  • Currently I own Northern Property Inspection, our inspections and home maintenance company.

Malinda and I attend Cedar Hills Church. One of our passions is in mission work that our faith calls us to, and we’ve led multiple construction and medical missions to communities in need.

Now as we face unprecedented growth in our county, I want to use my education and business background to serve as your commissioner in District 1.

With good leadership, clear vision, and sound fiscal policy, we can manage growth positively. Our cost of services must be balanced with our received tax revenues for the good of our county.

I have the education, background and commitment to make a leadership contribution to Bonner County and I will work hard to earn your vote as your next Bonner County Commissioner in District 1. And I want to hear from you! I invite your questions, comments and feedback on any and all issues you believe will make Bonner County an even better place to live.

Butch and Malinda Horton.
Butch Horton for Bonner County Commissioner, and family.
Butch and Malinda Horton with their children, spouses and grandson.

Leadership. Vision. Accountability.

Butch Horton has been a leader his entire career. He knows how to listen to concerns and find solutions; supervise and coordinate staff; oversee large budgets; and interact with government, non-profit and private-sector groups and individuals. 

As a leader, he pledges to make himself accountable to his constituents in Bonner County.  “I will lead with respect and a commitment to conservative values. All voices will be heard. I will make informed decisions with good judgement and hold myself accountable for the results.”

We'd Love to hear from you

This is your county and Butch Horton wants to make it a better place. Your opinion matters! Butch wants to hear from you, so he can better serve you and the county.