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Candidate Discusses Bankruptcy

Item: Candidate addresses bankruptcy: Festner hopes to focus on issues facing the community/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Only one day into his Coeur d'Alene City Council campaign and Jared Festner is learning how hard politics can be in today's digital age - but he knew it was coming. “I am actually glad this came out on the first day of my campaign,” he said. “Hopefully I can explain it and kill it right now.” Festner filed his campaign paperwork on Tuesday for Councilman Mike Kennedy's open council seat. He is now running against Amy Evans for that seat. On Wednesday, the rumors started flying on the Internet about his failed business ventures in Las Vegas and Phoenix, and a $4.8 million bankruptcy he filed last year.

Question: Does Jared Festner's failed business ventures in the past disqualify him from being a Coeur d'Alene councilman now?

Adams To Announce For Council

Coeur d’Alene small businessman and community activist Steve Adams will announce today his candidacy for Coeur d’Alene City Council (for seat now held by John Bruning).  Adams, who came close to winning a council seat two years ago, will make the announcement at a gathering of supporters in Bluegrass City Park today at 6 p.m. Adams, 45, is an Allstate insurance agent and a native of Coeur d’Alene, where he lives with his wife, Candace, and three sons, ages 16, 7 and 4.  He is a 1984 graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School and attended North Idaho College and the University of Idaho.  He now serves on the Coeur d’Alene Parking Commission and is Kootenai County Reagan Republicans official. Adams describes his top issues as support for a public vote on McEuen Field changes, opposition to proposed city pay hikes in the midst of the “Obama recession,” and support of public safety in Coeur d’Alene. Full announcement here. (Facebook photo: Steve Adams' wall)

Question: Adams joins Dan Gookin, who announced last week, as a candidate calling for a public vote on approved McEuen Field changes. Is the 2011 election an unofficial referendum on McEuen Field?

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