I attended the debate featuring, from left (in this Duane Rasmussen photo), Marc Eberlein, Tim Herzog and incumbent Commissioner Todd Tondee and challengers. Here's my Cliff Notes version of the debate:
- Todd Tondee: On defense. Said fact that commissioners pulled Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) and demoted former planning director proves they listen to people. Self-described honest, fair. Big issues: overcrowded jails, county worker office space, ULUC. Urban renewal used properly in Post Falls (hints not so much in Coeur d'Alene). Actively involved in Boys/Girls Club, chambers and business development. Fiscal conservative. No comment on $30K severance package for former community development director.
- Marc Eberlein: Country going down hill. Only a remnant of voters informed. Government is oppressive. Commissioners consider themselves to be "three kings." Land use more oppressive all the time. Government is oppressive. Can't trust same commissioners to re-do county land-use plan. Working on legislation that would make people within urban renewal district pay for changes. Public opinion can be dangerous if the public wants to do something that's wrong. Property taxes are a grave injustice against humanity. Hints he would have a "bomb shell" re: severance for departing former community development director, but he's currently sworn to secrecy. Plotted & schemed to undo ULUC (Question: What have you done to benefit the county?)
- Tim Herzog: Run for commissioners twice, in which he lost by 937 votes (2008) and finished 3rd of five (2012). No political agenda. Isn't bought and paid for by agenda-driven organization. Has grass-roots campaign. Current commissioners have made many errors in judgment. People don't think we have good elected officials. County must do something to stop losing young deputies who train for two years and then leave for jobs in Spokane County. Fiscal conservative. Urban renewal should be used for infrastructure only. URD for Harper's was a good use of economic tool.
Question: Any early thoughts re: who you would pick from among these three candidates?