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Moderates To Rule Sandpoint Council?

It was slow going for many polling places Tuesday as Bonner County residents trickled in to vote throughout the day. Turnout was varied across Bonner County’s voting precincts, according to Bonner County Clerk Ann Dutson-Sater. While exact numbers couldn’t be yet determined, activity at the polls ranged from an estimated 30 percent of voter turnout in one precinct and lower in others. “For some of our precincts, it was pretty slow throughout the day,” she said. A candidate-packed local election ended Tuesday with Shannon Joy Williamson, Shelby Rognstad and Robert Camp winning three empty Sandpoint City Council seats. The race proved to be a tight one, with Williamson taking 486 votes, Rognstad taking 459, Camp taking 439, Bill Litsinger taking 343, Bill Aitken taking 311, Mose “Mo” Dunkel taking 266, Mark Remmetter taking 222, Frank “Christian” Schwab taking 85 and Bryan E. Dillon taking 84/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Daily Bee. More here.

DFO: Good source from Sandpoint says Sandpoint council now has 4 moderates and 1 true Republican (although 3 are registered as Republicans and two as Democrats). One position will be filled by appointment. My source said two of the "Republicans" (Rognstad and Eddy) are what we're calling here at HucksOnline "Clothes Pin Republicans." My source said younger voters turned out strong for the first time in awhile. Could it be that the two largest cities in North Idaho have moderate councils?

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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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