Bruce Noble, Democratic candidate for Kootenai County Commissioner Seat No. 1, is in the office to do a quick Q-and-A interview:
Huckleberries: Are you optimistic that a Democrat can win a seat in the Republican-dominated Kootenai County Courthouse?
Bruce Noble: I'm running on a platform that appeals to both Democrats and Republicans. It's a nonpartisan platform that will bring professional management & better leadership to Kootenai County. Moderate Republicans will see me as an alternative to the more radical wing of their party.
Huckleberries: Do you think your Republican opponent, Marc Eberlein, belongs to the radical wing of the GOP?
Bruce Nobel: Without question. He's associated with the Northwest Property Owners Association that I would identify as a Tea Party organization. It's basically an organization that was formed to oppose uniformed land-use code. It has morphed into a very conservative organization. It's obvious from the (GOP) primary that he's associated with the Tea Party. He was able to get that support and upset Todd Tondee, who was supported by more moderate Republicans.