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Coeur Group Sets Candidate Forum

A candidates forum for the 12 candidates for Coeur d'Alene mayor and three City Council positions is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. featuring the three candidates for mayor: Joe Kunka, Mary Souza and Steve Widmyer. The other debates will follow at half-hour intervals with the candidates for council Seat 2 — Amy Evans, Jared Festner and Chris Fillios — to debate after the mayor's candidates, at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the debate for council Seat 4 — Amber Copeland, Sharon Hebert and Woody McEvers — will be held. At 7 p.m. the debate for council Seat 6 — Noel Adam, Gary Herfurth and Kiki Miller — will be held. The Coeur Group will provide the emcee and two other panelist to ask candidates questons. You can read about the Coeur Group and the format and rules of the forum here.

Question: Do you think any candidate will skip the forum as some did during the Coeur d'Alene School Board races in the spring?

4 Of 6 Candidates Show For Forum

The school trustee hopefuls who attended the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership's candidate forum on Tuesday all said they believe a school board position is and should be a nonpartisan one. Some of the newcomers seeking election, speaking to a crowd of about 120 in the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's Community Room, said they are running for seats on the Coeur d'Alene School District's Board of Trustees because the entity currently lacks political and philosophical balance and diversity. “This is supposed to be a nonpartisan school board. We're supposed to be focused on what's best for children, how can we help our education professionals. ..We're not supposed to be focused on partisan political issues,” said Tom Hearn, who's running against Bjorn Handeen for the Zone 5 seat now held by Jim Hightower/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Candidates Tom Hearn and Christa Hazel chat before the debate forum)

DFO: Bjorn Handeen and Ann Seddon failed to appear for the forum.

Question: Which candidate are you going to support in your zone?

Seddon, Handeen To Be No-Shows

From Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership Facebook wall: “CEP's Coeur d'Alene School Board Candidate Forum is TONIGHT! The Forum starts at 5:30 in the Library Community Room. Candidates from Zones 1, 4, and 5 have all been invited to participate. The Forum will be recorded and will be aired at a later time on CdA Channel 19. Candidates Christa Hazel, Brent Regan, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn will be in attendance. At this time, candidates Ann Seddon and Bjorn Handeen have declined to participate.”

DFO: Seddon told me after the Mica Grange forum that she had a scheduling conflict with tonight's CEP/Coeur Group forum, which will be recorded and later televised on Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19. Seems strange that Bjorn Handeen also has a scheduling conflict.'

Question: I believe candidates who refuse to show up for major debates are like job applicants who don't appear for work interviews — not worthy to hold the job. What do you think?

Jennifer: Wary Of Trustee Forum

Jennifer Locke (Re: Letter: Beware the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership/Coeur Group forum): You know as well as I do, that questions can be asked to make someone look bad on both sides and it doesn't help when you have to explain yourself in a 30 second sound bite. I had a friend tell me about showing up early to a forum where the governor was going to be answering questions last year and that he had some guy who was part of the teacher's union there telling his people what to say or what questions to ask the governor before the forum. This guy thought my friend was part of his group. Most of these events on either side of the aisle are typically staged events. Do we know if all of candidates will be getting these questions ahead of the forum?

DFO: Before the Mica Grange forum, there were rumors that the deck was stacked against the three challengers to the incumbents and Bjorn Handeen because the forum was organized by a diehard Republican. The forum went off without a hitch — and no loaded questions from the audience. Now supporters of the incumbents and Handeen are nervous because CEP has organized the Tuesday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) forum at the Coeur d'Alene Library. JimmyMac's Core Group will handle the questions. I've seen 2 or 3 of these Coeur Group forums, including one that involved controversial Councilman Steve Adams. The Coeur Group moderator and professionals couldn't be more neutral. Anyone who skips this forum because they're afraid of a loaded question isn't worthy to represent the Coeur d'Alene district as a trustee.

Question: Do you plan to attend the CEP/Coeur Group trustee forum Tuesday?

CPOA, Coeur Set Sheriff’s Forum

JimmyMAC & the Coeur Group will be moderating a forum for Kootenai County sheriff's candidates in the community room of the Coeur d'Alene Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event is being conducted by the Coeur d'Alene Police Officer's Association, with Jimmy's group moderating. Jimmy explains the purpose of the event in an email: “The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for each and every candidate in the upcoming Kootenai County Sheriff election to let their voices be heard. While we do not take collective stances when it comes to local politics, we are very engaged in the community and passionate about being as informed as possible.” GOP sheriff's candidates are: John Green, Ben Wolfinger, Keith Hutcheson, Adam Johnson, and Bob Foster.

Question: Do you know enough about the candidates in the Kootenai County sheriff's race to cast an educated ballot?

McEuen, Pay, City Hall Focus Of Forum

Item: City Council candidates speak: McEuen Field plan, employee salaries emerge as top issues/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Perhaps unsurprisingly, the three bigger issues centered around city employee pay and raises, what to do with McEuen Field, while looking at what aspects City Hall has handled well in the last few years, and what could have been handled differently.

DFO: I attended this meeting and will be posting observations from it throughout today.

Question: If you voted today, which candidates would you support for the three City Council seats up for election? Why?

CdA Council Candidates Forum Set

JimmyMAC & The Coeur Group have organized a Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates' forum for 5:30 this afternoon at the Coeur d'Alene Inn. Jimmy emails: “The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for each and every candidate in the upcoming Coeur d’Alene City Council election to let their voices be heard. While we do not take collective stances when it comes to local politics, we are very engaged in the community and passionate about being as informed as possible. As a group with all members being under the age of 40, it is our hope that this forum will include areas that you believe are important to our particular demographic.” All City Council candidates have confirmed that they'll be at the debate except Annastasia Somontes, who is one of five seeking the open seat now held by retiring Al Hassell. You can read more about the event and the Coeur Group here.

Question: What question would you like answered by City Council candidates?

Dog Park Needs Few Good Volunteers

From Dustin Ainsworth: “The COEUR Group is working with the city and the KCDog Park folks to install the fencing on the 2-plus acres of property designated for our soon to be dog off leash dog park. The Coeur Group is in charge but we can use as many good volunteers as possible for two days (tomorrow & Saturday, June 19) . All the materials are ready and we are set to roll. Tomorrow we are installing all 90-plus posts and then on the 19th we are hanging the fencing. It is all done with volunteers. The location is Nez Perce and Atlas Road, just south of Kathleen Avenue. We will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. Anyone with fencing experience and leveling tools is welcome.

Question: Do you and your pet plan to use the new dog park?

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