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Factoid: Wood, Howard Won Post Falls

An interesting little factoid among all the election statistics that flooded us Tuesday night & Wednesday morning involved the North Idaho College elections. Seems Christie Wood & Ken Howard both won the Post Falls precincts. Christie swept all the Post Falls precincts. And Ken won all but two of them. Before the election, there was some hubbub that Post Falls was clamoring for a change on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees. And that opponents Robert Ketchum (former college work-force training director) and hard-charging Ron Nilson (CEO of Groundforce Manufacturing), who ran as a ticket, were favorite sons in Post Falls.

Howard Didn’t Lose Sleep re: Election

In a Coeur d’Alene Press story, Maureen Dolan reports that Ken Howard slept well Election Night, although he went to bed not knowing the outcome of his North Idaho College trustee race with Ron Nilson. Howard, according to the story, “was in bed before midnight, when his opponent Ron Nilson still had a slight edge.” Quoth: “I’ve waited for too many juries to come in,” laughed Howard, a longtime Coeur d’Alene trial attorney. I didn’t get to bed until 2 hours later. Mebbe Howard slept well because he read this comment of mine at 11:46 p.m. Election Night: “Nilson’s in trouble. The absentees should have put him over the top b/c they tend to be heavy Republican. Which would favor Nilson. Howard has erased most of that deficit — and should continue to gain ground.”

Question: Can you sleep easy when big decisions, outcomes, or events are waiting for you in the morning?

Kelli: How Did Wood-Howard Survive?

Kelli Rooks: I think a lot of the “problem” with the closeness is that those candidates weren’t labeled Republican or Democrat since it’s a non-partisan race. Wood and Howard were listed on the Kootenai County Democrats’ website, but the Kootenai County GOP didn’t list anyone for the NIC Trustee position. A couple of people approached me today after voting and asked about those candidates, and when I told them of that fact they said it would have probably changed their vote—as it was they voted for whoever’s name sounded better, voted for the only woman in the trustee race, or just chose not to vote at all for those positions.

Question: How did Christie Wood & Ken Howard survive the hard charge and large advertising budget of Ron Nilson & Robert Ketchum in the Republican sweep?

Wood, Howard Snag NIC Seats

Vote for 1
Kenneth B. Howard. . . . . . . . 16,221 51.61
Ronald D. Nilson . . . . . . . . 15,211 48.39
Total . . . . . . . . . 31,432

Vote for 1
Robert G. Ketchum. . . . . . . . 13,637 40.70
Christie Wood . . . . . . . . . 19,870 59.30
Total . . . . . . . . . 33,507

All 4 NIC Wannabes Back Corridor

All 4 candidates for the North Idaho College Board of Trustees promised to support the development of the NIC education corridor. When the question was presented to him, Ron Nilson  answered simply “yes” when asked if he supported the corridor. “I don’t have horns and a tail,” he said. “I support the education corridor. But I don’t support going forward without a plan.” When opponent Ken Howard explained that a plan has been in place for years for infrastructure and that it will continue to evolve with public input, Nilson responded that “there’s a difference between a well-defined plan and a concept.” Robert Ketchum, Nilson’s running mate, said the purchase of the education corridor is final. At this point, “no action could resist” the corridor. Incumbent Christie Wood said she’s committed to developing the corridor because NIC is landlocked and experiencing “tremendous growth.”

DFO: I attended the debate and posted this to ensure that every candidate is on the record supporting the Education Corridor. The property is too precious to the future of our community college and higher-education opportunities in the community to allow this specific question to go unanswered.

Brand X Endorses Nilson, Ketchum

(Ron) Nilson, pictured, and (Robert) Ketchum stand apart because they are committed to helping students in credit and non-credit classes reach their full potential not just intellectually, but economically. They understand that at the end of the educational line, if the graduate doesn’t have a good job, the education probably doesn’t have good value. We’re convinced Ketchum and Nilson will expand and improve relationships within the community and at the state level. Both have earned the respect of Idaho’s state and federal officials, so when they talk about NIC’s needs, those holding the keys to resources will listen/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Agree/disagree with the endorsement?


McGruber: Students Are Customers

McGruber: Watch the forum unfiltered like I did for a better feel for the exchanges. And why is it odd to refer to the students as customers of the college? They determine what courses have value by what courses they pay to study. Doesn’t that make them customers? And isn’t a career or job the ultimate goal of getting higher education? Unless of course you’re going to be a perennial student or aspire to a career in acedemia.

Question: What do you make of the concept that college students are customers?


Questions For NIC Trustees Anyone?

Luke Malek & Alison McArthur of the Kootenai County Young Professionals are looking for questions to ask North Idaho College trustee candidates at a televised forum from 6 to 7:30 Monday at Post Falls City Hall. I plan to live-blog the event, which will feature separate debates between, first, Christie Wood and Robert Ketchum, and then Ron Nilson and Ken Howard. I’ll forward the questions to Alison by 10 a.m. Monday. Luke will serve as moderator of the event.

Question: Do you have a question you’d like to see answered by NIC trustee candidates?

At Least He Didn’t Call Her ‘Cupcake’

At OpenCDA, the HBO Commenter Formerly Known As DanG offers his two picks for North Idaho College Board of Trustees: Ron Nilson and Robert Ketchum. He states that the two will be able to unmask the happy face that NIC displays to the community when beneath the surface there’s all sorts of skullduggery going on. Then, he mumbles something about graduation rates and that lawsuit over the Education Corridor lease-purchase agreement (that Judge Mitchell tossed and now is before Idaho Supreme Court on appeal). Seems DanG believes Nilson and Ketchum will put an end to the scam by big developers and LCDC to line their buddies’ pockets in development of the education corridor. DanG believes Nilson will win but doubts that Ketchum can beat Wood because “there are too many doofi in this county who will vote for her because they believe her to be ‘nice.’” Full DanG bloviation here.

Question: Did DanG get it right — Wood & Nilson will emerge as winners of the NIC trustee races? Are you one of the “doofi” who thinks Christie is “nice”?

Howard, Nilson Disagree On Corridor

The candidates fielded a question from the audience regarding their thoughts on whether the mill site land for the education corridor should have been purchased for NIC. (Ken) Howard, pictured, said he supported the acquisition, calling it “a tremendous necessity to the life and vitality of this educational institution.” “If we had not accomplished the feat of adding that mill site to the land surrounding it, NIC would have been trapped in a much smaller footprint, and its opportunity to grow and to meet the needs of this community would have been severely confined.” (Ron) Nilson disagreed with his opponent, and criticized the current board for moving forward on the land deal without a plan/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will a candidate’s stand on the education corridor influence who will get your votes in the North Idaho College trustees’ races?

Poll: Christie Wood Top Vote-Getter

  • Weekend Poll: Christie Wood was the top vote-getter in a weekend poll that asked which 2 candidates do you support for North Idaho College trustees. Wood received 160 of 511 multiple-votes cast for 31.31%, followed by Ken Howard with 141 of 511 votes for 27.59%. Robert Ketchum finished third with 106 votes (20.74%), edging Ron Nilson with 104 (20.35%).
  • Today’s Question: Which Kootenai County courthouse race do you consider most interesting?

Who Sez Christie Won’t Debate?

In the comments section, ThomG points out that is claiming incorrectly — what else is new? — that Christie Wood is unwilling to debate Robert Ketchum in their North Idaho College Board of Trustees race. Sez Mary: “Come on, Christie, it’s time to ‘woman-up’ and schedule a public debate!” ThomG points that all four trustee candidates for the two NIC posts will participate in at least two candidate forums — noon Tuesday at the ASNIC forum on NIC campus and noon Friday at the Democratic Club luncheon. (The Young Professionals are also scheduling an NIC forum next week.) Seems Christie doesn’t have time for a Reagan Republicans forum that Mary favors. Also ThomG: “It is surprising that Dan Gookin an author and notoriously anal-retentive critic of bad grammar and misspelling would actually misspell Christies name (as “Christy”). Multiple times.

Question: Is two or three debate forums enough for any candidate. Or do they also have to attend Mary & Dan’s Reagan Republicans forum to make things official?

Nilson, Ketchum To Seek NIC Seats

As reported her via Rumorama last week, Ronald Nilson, president of Ground Force MFG in Post Falls (pictured left), and Robert Ketchum are running as a tandem to seek North Idaho College seats in this falls trustee elections. Nilson, who led the successful campaign for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus levies, and Ketchum, the former workforce training director whose contact wasn’t renewed, filed today. Ketchum will run against incumbent Christie Wood for Seat B, while Nilson will face Coeur d’Alene attorney Ken Howard for the open Seat A being vacated by retiring Rolly Williams. In another expected move, place holder Ronald “The Dragon Slayer” Johnson dropped out of the race against Wood.

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