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In about a half hour, we'll all have some clue re: how the local elections will turn out. At this point, I'm cautiously optimistic that the ticket headed by Steve Widmyer will be elected, to continue the progressive government that we have in Coeur d'Alene. If someone breaks through on the ticket headed by Mary Souza, I'd think it would be Chris Fillios, the thinking man's conservative. According to my sources, Mary Souza entered the fall with an 8 percentage point lead. That was before both PAC supported mayoral candidates kicked their campaigns into action. Souza has spent much of the fall fighting off her past, relentless comments against the community's leaders. She has tied her wagon to the McEuen Field makeover and to a lesser extent the passage of the antidiscrimination ordinance in June. Widmyer has had his own struggle with a decision years ago to resign from the North Idaho College Board of Trustees. He was helped, I believe, over the last weekend with a page-plus of endorsements and on Monday with the Edinger endorsement. From my vantage point, I see a win by Widmyer of 6% or 7%. Also, I see Kiki Miller and Woody McEvers winning with good numbers. In a half hour, you and I might both find out how on the money or ridiculous my prediction here is. Fasten your seatbelts. This could be an interesting night.

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D.F. Oliveria
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