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Debate: Brannon Vs. Pischner

Former four-term legislator Don Pischner responds to a question from President Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans during his debate with appointed county Clerk Jim Brannon at a noon luncheon today at Fedora. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

I attended the debate between appointed County Clerk Jim Brannon and former four-term legislator Don Pischner at the Reagan Republican luncheon today. Here's the Cliff Notes from the event:

  • Jim Brannon: "I'm proud to be a Republican" ... 2009 Coeur d'Alene City Council race -- "which lasted longer than we had hoped" -- was first campaign handled by Reagan Republican ... predecessor Cliff Hayes belongs in GOP hall of fame ... Mentioned 2X that people had expected him to fire staff and appoint his own people when he first became clerk (following death of Hayes). He has kept office intact because Hayes assembled great team ... defended his appointment by the GOP Central Committee and county commission as open & above board ... emphasized that county clerk follows state law & doesn't make it ... #1 priority: accountability to taxpayers ... long-time investment professional & former director of Habitat for Humanity ... job fits personality exactly ... Not going to let Cliff Hayes down.


  • Don Pischner: worked 15 years as a supervisor for Inland Asphalt ... 4 terms in Legislature ... 16 years with Idaho Forest Products/Stimson Lumber ... #1 priority: leadership and serving the public responsibly ... proud of pushing for use of laptops by legislators & sponsoring law that increases penalty for speeding in construction zones ... don't agree with conslusion that public is best served in choosing elected officials on basis of partisanship ... intangible qualities for job: temperment, good with numbers ... don't see myself jumping in and trying to make big changes (like freshman legislator trying to change way Legislature does thing) ... believes in 5 R's: respectful, reliable, responsible, reputable & reasonable ... Brannon was appointed by Central Committee and commissioners; it's time for electorate to make the decision.


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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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