In a letter sent to Huckleberries via email today, Post Falls council candidate Jim Hail takes issue with a 4-page insert supporting Balance North Idaho candidates in today's Coeur d'Alene Press. The BNI ad endorsed opponent Alan Wolfe (along with other Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls candidates), dismissing Hail as too inexperienced. Here's Hails reply in part:
Second, the amount of breaths someone has taken on this earth does not equate to experience. My opponents are clearly older. I cannot do anything about that. My younger age does not mean that I have less experience. Unlike other candidates, I refuse to join every board, organization, or group that I am asked to just to list everything on my campaign resume. Instead I prefer to join a small number of groups and causes that I feel passionately about. This lead to me volunteering as a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Idaho for almost 11 years and serving on volunteer commissions for the two largest cities in North Idaho for well over 1/3 of my life. I plan to be continue that passion for service and bring my wealth of experience as a new city council member in Post Falls. More here. (Inset: Jim Hail was handing out Snickers bars for Halloween last night with a campaign message on them. Gotta like a man who distributes Snickers)
Question: Is there a place for younger candidates on local city councils?