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Mayor Shelby Rognstad

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Shelby Rognstad was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho.  A fourth generation Idahoan, Shelby moved to Sandpoint in 1999.  Shelby first came here to practice permaculture after graduating with a liberal arts degree from the University of Idaho in 1998.  In 2006, he opened Common Knowledge Bookstore and Café.  In addition to selling new and used books, it served breakfast and lunch using locally sourced and organic foods. In 2013, Shelby co-founded The Hive, an entertainment venue in downtown Sandpoint.  In 2012, Shelby founded Rognstad Enterprises, a real estate investment company, where he serves as the Principal.  Also in 2012, he co-founded Rognstad Capital, a private lending firm primarily serving Idaho and Washington.

Shelby was a founding board member for the Sandpoint Transition Initiative in 2007 and has supported other local nonprofits, including Sandpoint Community Radio, the Public Forum on Sustainability, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and the Eureka Institute, where he served on the Board from 2016-2018.  He practices yoga and Vipassanā Meditation and has volunteered at Vipassanā Meditation Centers in Washington, British Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Shelby enjoys a variety of outdoor activities year round.   He lives in downtown Sandpoint with his beautiful fiance and their two perfectly behaved children J.

Shelby’s public service began in 2007 when he was appointed to the Sandpoint Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.  In 2009, he was appointed to the Sandpoint Planning and Zoning Commission.  He served as Vice Chair until he was appointed to the City Council by Mayor Ogilvie on January 18, 2012. In 2014 he was elected to that seat and served as City Council President.  In November of 2015, he was elected Mayor and was sworn in on January 6, 2016.

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