First, I must confess to you that I've never voted in a Kootenai Hospital District election. I didn't know the issues -- and, therefore, didn't want to cast an uninformed ballot. However, this year I'm paying attention because our friends the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans will be involved, for some reason. Reagan Republican board member Jim Pierce and erstwhile local Republican Party office holder Donna Montgomery are two challengers for four seats. Jim and Donna aren't the wild-eyed variety of "Republicans" that we see in other nonpartisan races. They're true Republicans. They're running against incumbent Liese M. Razzeto (pictured) and Dr. Neil L. Nemec. I can't imagine why the Reagan Republicans would be interested in these races, other than to extend their influence. Or, as rumor has it, for some kind of rear guard action to fight Obamacare at the hospital level. Bottom line? Hucks Nation needs to focus on this race, too. All registered voters are eligible to vote in this race. If the Reagan Republicans are interested in these seats, we need to find out why.