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Kootenai County Sheriff’s Candidates

Keith Hutcheson, former Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police chief (left), and sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger mull a question at the candidates forum for the Kootenai County Republican sheriff's nomination at Coeur d'Alene Library Wednesday night. I consider these two the most qualified of five-man field.


  • Wolfinger wasn't a hit with several Constitutionalists in the crowd when he described the sheriff's office as a “paramilitary organization.”
  • Foster was the only one to answer question re: who he'd vote for if he wasn't running — Hutcheson.
  • Green answered question re: how long he's lived in Kootenai County carefully, stating that he has owned land here for awhile.
  • Wolfinger is the only candidate who said the county needs to build a new jail.
  • Green didn't score points with some when he said the county might be arresting too many people at a time when 77 percent of the inmates in the county jail are there for felonies.
  • Wolfinger posed the $64,000 question to Johnson when he asked how Johnson's candidacy had credibility since he has no police background but does have a criminal record as a result of a guilty plea last year for heroin possession. Johnson was also involved in a downtown Coeur d'Alene incident in which he shot two men from Moses Lake.

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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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