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Wannabe Sheriff Hosts Cross Burning

It's unlikely that any other Bonner County sheriff candidate spent their Friday night like Shaun Winkler. At his compound just outside Priest River, Winkler and other family members of the northern Idaho Ku Klux Klan lavern held a get-together that included a nighttime cross lighting. Winkler, 33, is also tied to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian. He has participated in racially-charged Kootenai County protests. According to Winkler, cross lighting, more commonly known as cross burning, often provokes strong reactions from most people. Given that fact, the ceremony is generally conducted in private within the compound once a month or so. “Generally, for a cross lighting, it's extremely rare we'd let any media there at all,” he said. However, after discussing the matter with his family and associates, the group agreed to allow outside observation for the ceremony. Winkler said the evening was meant to express both camaraderie and religious devotion/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Bee. More here. (SR 2004 file photo of Shaun Winkler, center)

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Ardmoreite: KKKer’s Timing Is Bad

Tongue firmly cheeked, columnist Argus Hamilton of the Ardmoreite.com Web site writes about a North Idaho neo-Nazi's problem with running for office: “Idaho Ku Klux Klan leader Shaun Winkler announced he will run for Bonner County sheriff in May. His timing was bad. Right now everyone thinks that anyone who wears a hood is protesting racial profiling in Florida, so he'll have trouble getting his message out.”

Question: Do you think that sheriff's race in Bonner County might be getting the wrong kind of national attention?

Winkler Seeks Bonner Sheriff Post

He has been an Aryan Nations member and Ku Klux Klan leader, and now Shaun Winkler wants to be the sheriff in a rural Idaho county near the Canadian border. The white power activist is running as a Republican in the May 15 Bonner County primary to become the top law enforcement officer. Winkler said despite the white supremacist beliefs he holds as a KKK imperial wizard, his brand of justice would be color blind. “In the event I was elected sheriff, I would not act on racial profiling,” Winkler said. “Being in the white power movement, I know how it feels to be profiled by law enforcement.” Rather, Winkler is running on a platform that includes coming down hard on sex offenders and meth manufacturers, and reducing the impact of federal law enforcement at the county level/Nicholas K. Geranios, AP. More here.

Question: Is it worth getting worked up about Winkler's candidacy since he has little chance to win in Tea Party-influenced Bonner County?

Racist Winkler Explains Sheriff Run

Shaun Winkler wants to be the Bonner County Sheriff and took some time Monday to explain why. Winkler was out Monday afternoon mixing with the public and talking about his campaign goals like cracking down on drug crimes and sexual predators. “I believe it's about time that we have a strong law enforcement stance against certain criminals in our neighborhood,” said Winkler. He also thinks federal agencies like the FBI shouldn't have jurisdiction at the county level. The 33-year-old runs a landscaping business and doesn't have any law enforcement background. A check of his court records, however, reveals he was convicted in 2004 on charges of witness intimidation. But, because he satisfied all the terms of his judgment, he is clear to run for office/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)

Question: Should Bonner County Republicans take a stand against Winkler running as a Republican?

Racist Winkler Explains Sheriff Run

Shaun Winkler shown with anti-Mathew Shepard sign during visit of  Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College, protesting production of “The Laramie Project,” on Oct. 22, 2010. (SR file photo)

An outspoken white supremacist who’s running for Bonner County sheriff contends his views on race will not color his approach to the office if elected. Shaun Patrick Winkler is competing with incumbent Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry for the Republican nomination on May 15. The winner in the primary will face independent Rocky Jordan in the general election in November. Winkler, 33, has links to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, and has been involved in high-profile, race-related protests in Kootenai County. But Winkler said his motivation to run is not to advance a white supremacist agenda if he’s elected/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Will Winkler get more votes (50) than late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler got when Butler ran for Hayden mayor in 2003?

Racist Winkler Running For BC Sheriff

Shaun Winkler, a white supremacist who picketed Mexican food carts in Coeur d'Alene in 2011 and protested the annual Martin Luther King Jr. event at North Idaho College Jan. 13, is running as a Republican for sheriff of Bonner County. Incumbent Republican Sheriff Daryl Wheeler will face Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry and white separatist and business owner Shaun Patrick Winkler, according to the Bonner County Bee. The victor in the primary will face Rocky Jordan, an independent who ran for sheriff as a Republican in 2008, in the November general election. Winkler, who is originally from Pennsylvania, had lived in Hayden before moving to Priest River last fall.  More here. (SR file photo shows Shaun Winkler at the side of the late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler during the group's bankruptcy sale)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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