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Kelli: How Did Wood-Howard Survive?

Kelli Rooks: I think a lot of the “problem” with the closeness is that those candidates weren’t labeled Republican or Democrat since it’s a non-partisan race. Wood and Howard were listed on the Kootenai County Democrats’ website, but the Kootenai County GOP didn’t list anyone for the NIC Trustee position. A couple of people approached me today after voting and asked about those candidates, and when I told them of that fact they said it would have probably changed their vote—as it was they voted for whoever’s name sounded better, voted for the only woman in the trustee race, or just chose not to vote at all for those positions.

Question: How did Christie Wood & Ken Howard survive the hard charge and large advertising budget of Ron Nilson & Robert Ketchum in the Republican sweep?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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