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Mon., March 17, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

What About Mary?

Anything can happen in a closed Republican Party primary. And I suspect that's why Mary Souza is challenging long-time state Sen. John Goedde in Senate District 4 this spring. I was as surprised as anyone when I saw Mary's name in the final list of legislative candidates at the Secretary of State's office Friday. Her entry into the race means the races for the three seats in Legislative District 4 (Coeur d'Alene) will be as interesting as any in Kootenai County. Goedde carries the baggage of Luna Law support. But he has been solid otherwise. Souza carries the baggage of the failed recall attempt against then mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council candidates, as well as a lopsided loss to Steve Widmyer in the 2013 mayor's race. However, she could benefit from a small turnout in the GOPrimary. In the other two races, Reasonable Republicans have trotted out former county commissioner Rick Currie against state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Rally Righters offer California transplant Toby Schindelbeck against state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene. There will be a clear division in all three races between Reasonable Republicans and Rally Righters. Let the games begin again.

Question: Do you think Mary Souza has a fair chance at unseating Sen. Goedde?

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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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