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Kerri: Get PACs Out Of Local Elections

Eden Irgens, of Balance North Idaho, posted this photo with Ron Lahr, of the Reagan Republicans, on her Facebook page in July. I can't remember the context. But it seems appropriate today when we're discussing the impact of the PACs on Tuesday's elections.

Another notable race result was Kerri Thoreson's loss to Mayor-elect Ron Jacobson. Thoreson had significant name recognition going into the race, but lost momentum as the campaign played out. She said Wednesday that she had trouble overcoming the “community cheerleader” label her opponent successfully used against her. Outgoing Mayor Clay Larkin's endorsement of her opponent also worked against her, she said, adding that having the Reagan Republican endorsement probably had an effect on her bid for mayor as well. “In light of what went on in Coeur d'Alene, I would say that there was probably some seepage into the Post Falls races,” she said, adding there was probably some collateral damage. “By the same token, I think Ron probably benefited from the Balance North Idaho endorsement.” In hindsight, Thoreson said her preference would be that neither PAC participate in the local races because once they do, the race is elevated to a higher level of partisan politics/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Kerri's singing my song. I've been denouncing party politics in nonpartisan races since the Reagan Republicans stepped across that line. The local elections have become far nastier as a result. I'm glad Balance North Idaho emerged to push back. Thoughts?


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