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HBO Interviews Holli Woodings

Mary Woodings, 3, daughter of Secretary of State candidate Holli Woodings, plays at the splash pad at the new McEuen Park earlier this afternoon in Coeur d'Alene. The Democratic candidate promised her daughter in an earlier visit that she could play at the popular splash pad if the weather was nice next time they traveled to the Coeur d'Alene area. It was today.

Huckleberries: You're traveling with your young daughter, Mary (3 1/2 years old)?

Holli Woodings: I'd get really lonely if I was on the road without my children. On the last trip we promised her a trip to the splash pad at the new McEuen Field if it was hot enough. So we took her down there this time.

  • Huckleberries: How does a Democrat gain traction for a statewide office in Idaho?
  • Holli Woodings: It's important to remember about Idaho is that the majority is Independent. Basically, I need to convince enough Independents and mainstream Republicans to vote for me. There's a lot of support from prominent Republicans. But nothing to announce just yet.
  • Huckleberries: What difference can you see between yourself and Lawerence Denney re: access to the voting booth?
  • Holli Woodings: I'm worried that he doesn't talk about the voting process. He only talks about (the secretary of state's) spot on the Land Board. I want to maintain people's access to the voting booth and make sure that restrictions that have happened in other states doesn't happen here. The main job of the secretary of state is to be the state's elections officer.
  • Huckleberries: You mentioned the Land Board. How would you be different than your opponent in that position?
  • Holli Woodings: My focus would be to make sure we're managing lands with the endowment in mind -- and to get the maximum return for our investment. Denney is lobbying for state takeover of federal lands. Nobody knows how much that would cost. We'd have to raise taxes or sell off our public lands to do something like that.
  • Huckleberries: You're a freshman representative running for a high-profile statewide office. Do you have enough experience to handle the role?
  • Holli Woodings: I don't have as much government experience or experience in being a politician as my opponent. However, the experience I do have is in the private sector. Our office has 28 employees. The secretary of state's office has 27. I know how to run an office of that size. I have a lot of land experience because I used to do energy development. I know how land issues work and how various agencies work together. I also have a passion for elections and doing what's right for Idaho.
  • You can learn more about Holli Woodings on her campaign Web site here and her Facebook page here.

Question: Do you have your mind made up yet re: which candidate you'll support for Secretary of State?

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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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