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Tondee Fires Back At Spencer Claims

And now a message from Commissioner Todd Tondee (via Taryn Hecker's Facebook wall): “I was at the Republican Women monthly meeting today and stressed that please ask before just believing what my opponent is saying. We are not building a parking garage. We are brainstorming for the future, thinking of how and where we will put two more judges, additional courtrooms plus the Prosecutor and Public defenders' staff to support the new case load. The parking garage is a small part of the strategic facilities master plan. I think looking to the near distant needs of our county is one of the Commissioners' roles. I am not sure how we would take away your right to vote by allowing you to vote for or against “the alternative form of government” ballot measure. It's your choice. And no we are not making your property unbuildable with the new land use ordinances. The end goal is to actually clarify, simplify and uncomplicate the land use regulations. This will be an open and transparent process that will include multiple opportunity for public input.”

Question: Larry?

10 R’s Running For Kootenai Commish

Huckleberries has just received the list of candidates who have filed for Kootenai County office this spring. No Democrats filed. At the last minute, Republican Donald Gary filed to run against Prosecutor Barry McHugh in the county GOP primary. Ten Republicans are running for the two Kootenai County commissioner posts, including the two incumbents. Three Republicans and three Independents are running for sheriff. No addresses or cities of residence were provided by the Kootenai County Clerk's Office. Here's the list of candidates:

  • Commissioner District 1 (2-year term): Republicans (incumbent) Todd Tondee, Gerald Arno, Marc Eberlein, Bruce Noble, Tim Herzog, Steven Peter Benner and Greg Wells.
  • Commissioner District 3 (4-year term): Republicans (incumbent) Dan Green, Vic Holmes and Larry Spencer.
  • Sheriff: Republicans Ben Wolfinger, Keith Hutcheson and John Green; and Independents Joe Bodman, Tom Dickson and Bob Foster.
  • Prosecutor: Republicans (incumbent) Barry McHugh and Donald Gary. No Democrats or Independents have filed.
  • Complete list of candidates from Kootenai County Election Department

Also: You can find candidates in Kootenai County GOP Central Committee precinct races here

Also: You can find a list of legislative candidates for Districts 1-7 here (click on link at top of page)

Mary: A Ray Of Hope In Courthouse

In her latest newsletter, Mary Souza of OpenCDA.com tells of hobnobbing with new Kootenai County Commissioner Dan Green (pictured, left) to discuss “public employees and much more.” Quoth Mary: “The County will not raise taxes this year. They eliminated at least 12 underutilized positions. They combed through the budget and sliced out $800,000, but were saddened to discovered the state-mandated indigent care had been estimated at only half its real cost by the previous administration, so the new budget savings were obliterated this legal obligation officially called County Assistance. But they’re trying.” Green, Commissioner Jai Nelson (pictured, right), and new County Clerk Cliff Hayes give constituents “a much needed sense of hope.” You can read the rest of Mary's column here.

Question: How would you rate the performance of the two new commissioner — Dan Green & Jai Nelson — during their first 8 months in office?

10Cs Block Moves To Vets Plaza

Item: Commandments make a move: Marble block now sits at the Veterans Plaza/Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The commandments aren't gone. They've justrelocated. Kootenai County has moved the block of marble inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the courthouse lawn to the Veterans Plaza, beside the Administration Building. The small monolith was moved several hundred feet so it would sit among other pieces for public viewing, said Building and Grounds Manager Shawn Riley, like the memorial for fallen soldiers and seamen, and the statue for former Commissioner Ronald Rankin.

Question: Should the Ten Commandments be posted at the Kootenai County Courthouse?

Will New Courthouse Bring Change?

On its Web site today, the Coeur d’Alene Press asked several readers whether they think the new county government (with new 2 new commissioners, new clerk, & new coroner) will make a difference. Darwin Clark of Coeur d’Alene said: “I really hope so. We need a change. We need to see politicians more involved with civilians.” Clark went on to say: “We’re in a crisis. You look at the homeless, jobless in Coeur d’Alene. There aren’t a lot of jobs out here at all. There are a lot of students at North Idaho College that have been looking for four or five months and aren’t getting any calls back.” More here.

Question: What do you expect to be different about the new county government, particularly the commissioners office where Republicans Dan Green and Jai Nelson will replace Rick Currie and Rich Piazza?

Nelson, Hart Survive Write-In Tests

Longtime County Clerk Dan English fell — heavily — to his Republican opponent, former Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes. Democrat Jody DeLuca Hissong, who has served as deputy coroner for 27 years, was blitzed by Republican Deb Wilkey. Another race that was assured a Republican winner failed to produce the tension some anticipated. Primary County Commission winner Jai Nelson had no trouble defeating fellow Republican and write-in candidate Rick Currie. The other write-in race was also a yawner: state Rep. Phil Hart easily beat fellow Republican Howard Griffiths/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here. Final numbers in contested Kootenai County courthouse races here. Final numbers in Kootenai County legislative races here.

  • For the record, Tom Taggart guessed closest to final percentages that the write-ins would win. Tom said 25% for Howard Griffiths, 20% for Rick Currie. Griffiths & Currie won 25% & 18% of the vote, respectively.

Question: Does Phil Hart’s easy victory over a write-in candidate mean that voters don’t care about his tax/timber problems?

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