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Dan/Steve/Ron Would Fill Vacancies

Arsaken: To recall the Mayor and Council means that this group wants to take away our right to vote. They are attempting to invalidate my past vote for Mayor Bloem and these three councilmen. In addition, if the recall is successful, then Gookin, Adams, and Edinger get to select their personal choice as Mayor and Council, thus taking away our choice to vote. The idea of Mayor Souza (someone who ran for office and could not get elected) is enough to make me spend every waking hour trying to stop them.

DFO: I just talked to City Clerk Susan Weathers (who had discussed this with Coeur d'Alene legal counsel) about the progression should Mayor Sandi Bloem & 3 council members be recalled. Gov. Butch Otter would appoint a fourth City Council member to create a quorum w/Steve Adams, Dan Gookin and Ron Edinger. The new quorum would then appoint the mayor. Could be someone inside or outside the council. The mayor would then nominate individuals to fill the two remaining City Council seats. A council with only three voter-approved members would continue to hold office until the 2013 municipal election.

Question: Would you want Councilman Ron Edinger, Steve Adams and Dan Gookin to fill vacancies for the mayor and two council positions, if the recall is successful?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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