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Thu., March 20, 2014, 8:35 a.m.

Inlander: Widmyer Top NI Official

Mayor Steve Widmyer is shown in front of developing McEuen Field in this Inlander photo.

The Inlander, a weekly publication with a circulation of 51,000 that covers eastern Washington and northern Idaho, has named Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer North Idaho’s Best Elected Official. Mayor Widmyer is featured in the current issue of the Inlander. In the article, reporter Daniel Walters writes: “Steve Widmyer barely had a chance to plop down in the Coeur d'Alene mayoral seat — his very first foray into politics — before Inlander readers voted him North Idaho's Best Elected Official.” It’s all part of the newspaper’s “Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll,” which the publication has been conducting for the past 20 years. Though Mayor Widmyer has been in office less than three months, the newspaper said he was the overwhelming favorite in the category when the polls opened February 4. Citing recent divisive issues, the Inlander said Mayor Widmyer has helped to bring the community together/Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Why do you think there was such overwhelming support for Widmyer, who has been in office less than three months?

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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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