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Question: Why Waste Time Running As A Write-In?

Bonner County Commissioner Karl Dye announced Thursday that he'll run as a Republican write-in candidate for re-election to the position, four months after he lost the GOP primary to fellow Sandpoint resident Lewis Rich. Rich, a volunteer firefighter, beat Dye with 54 percent of the vote in May, something Dye attributes to his own lack of campaigning. He said he wants to remain in office so he can continue working on issues such as the property tax problem.

DFO: Unquestionably, Bonner County would be better off if Dye won re-election -- as a check to block Bud Mueller's attempt to take over again. But his chances of winning as a write-in candidate are beyond long.

Question: Why do candidates waste the time and money to run a write-in campaign when their chances are slim and none?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.