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Racist Winkler Explains Sheriff Run

Shaun Winkler shown with anti-Mathew Shepard sign during visit of  Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College, protesting production of "The Laramie Project," on Oct. 22, 2010. (SR file photo)

An outspoken white supremacist who’s running for Bonner County sheriff contends his views on race will not color his approach to the office if elected. Shaun Patrick Winkler is competing with incumbent Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry for the Republican nomination on May 15. The winner in the primary will face independent Rocky Jordan in the general election in November. Winkler, 33, has links to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, and has been involved in high-profile, race-related protests in Kootenai County. But Winkler said his motivation to run is not to advance a white supremacist agenda if he’s elected/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Will Winkler get more votes (50) than late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler got when Butler ran for Hayden mayor in 2003?

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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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