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Thoreson, Jacobson Face Off

Item: PF mayor candidates square off: Jacobson, Thoreson speak to Highlands group/Brian Walker, Press

More Info: Kerri Thoreson and Ron Jacobson sit elbow to elbow on the Post Falls City Council. Both want to become Post Falls' next mayor on Nov. 5. And, on Tuesday night before about 30 members of the Highlands Homeowners Association at the Highlands Grill, the two shared their thoughts on what makes them the best candidate. Current mayor Clay Larkin decided to not seek re-election. Both Jacobson and Thoreson bring community service and knowledge of city issues to the table, but have different skills.

Question: Thoreson has the Reagan Republicans endorsement, Jacobson has the Balance North Idaho endorsement. They're running for mayor in Post Falls, not Coeur d'Alene. Who has the advantage?

Widmyer Owns Press Word ‘Mayor’

Coeur d’Alene businessman Steve Widmyer isn’t mayor. Not yet. But for now, in the Coeur d’Alene Press, he owns the word. “Coeur d’Alene, meet your next mayor,” begins a Press editorial previewing its mayoral coverage. Like every mention of the “mayor” since the first week of September, the word is underlined and highlighted in blue. But click on the link, and it doesn’t lead to mayoral candidate profiles, the City Hall website, or previous Press articles. Instead it links directly to Widmyer’s campaign site. The context doesn’t matter. Stories mentioning Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, mayors in Rathdrum and Post Falls — all had the word “mayor” linked to Widmyer’s site/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Thoughts?

Brannon Won’t Seek Mayor’s Spot

Jim Brannon sent this news release to Huckleberries Online moments ago: “Since I announced my candidacy for mayor of the great city of Coeur d’Alene, I have been humbled by the generous support and encouragement of my fellow citizens.  While I believe my leadership would have been beneficial to our community, it is far more important to me that Coeur d’Alene’s voters focus on the issues. If I were to continue actively pursuing the office of mayor, there is little doubt that the winner of the election this fall would be determined by less than a majority of the votes.  Such a result is unacceptable to me and I believe that it could lead to further discord.” More here.

Question: How does Jim Brannon's decision affect the race for mayor?

Kerri Files For Post Falls Mayor Post

Kerri Thoreson Facebooks today: “It's official. I filed the paperwork at 8:30 a.m. to seek the office of mayor for Post Falls. It's exciting to begin the actual quest that's been several years in preparation. Filing is open through September 6 for the mayor's seat and three council positions.”

On The Road w/Steve Widmyer

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene mayoral candidate Steve Widmyer writes:Today we finished walking the final streets in Indian Meadows and Queen Anne Estates. A total of 5.2 miles. So between Indian Meadows, Northshire, Queen Anne, and Orchard Park there are over 12 miles of roads. I would have never guessed that. We saw a number of joggers, bicyclists and walkers. All were enjoying the sunshine. We are on to Fairway Hills tomorrow.”

Question: Are shoe leather campaigns effective?

Running Hard For Mayor

Steve and Marie Widmyer are shown in this Facebook photo at their booth at the Downtown Street Fair, which is attracting buckets of rain this afternoon. Steve, who is running hard for Coeur d'Alene mayor, plans to be at the street fair from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. today and Saturday — and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. His booth is located between 4th and 5th streets on the north side of Sherman.

Question: Who is running harder for mayor at this point — Steve Widmyer, Mary Souza, Jim Brannon or Joe Kunka?

My 2 Cents: Welcome To Fray, Steve

I've been waiting to exhale since I learned that anti-City Hall activist Mary Souza was running for mayor. I knew someone would step forward to oppose her — and I don't mean Jim Brannon or Joe Kunka. However, I was hoping it wasn't some self-diluted individual who would pull votes from a stronger, nonpartisan candidate. Now, that Steve Widmyer has stepped forward, I can exhale. Widmyer, the owner of the historic Fort Ground Grill, has a solid business background and deep roots in the community. Also, he's his own man, without ties to the divisive Far Right politics that threatened to tear this community apart before voters erected a resounding stop sign during the recent Coeur d'Alene School Board elections. Given the alternative choices, Widmyer's bandwagon is worth jumping on. However, Widmyer's decision to step forward is only the first step in keeping our City Council out of the hands of radical ideologues. It'll also be important to keep the free seats now held by Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mike Kennedy. Kennedy has already announced his decision not to run again. McEvers and Goodlander are testing the political waters for possible re-election bids. I like the incumbent council members. But it is possible that they acquired too much baggage in their decisions to back the McEuen Field makeover, urban renewal, and the controversial antidiscrimination ordinance. The strongest nonpartisan candidate for those seats should get support, whether it's one of the incumbents or someone else. The Far Right will certainly have its own candidates for those seats. Widmyer has a good chance to keep the mayor's seat out of radical hands. Now, it's time to focus on the best nonpartisan candidates for the three council seats/DFO.

Thoughts?

Widmyer Running For CdA Mayor

Longtime businessman Steve Widmyer, 52, threw his hat in the ring Wednesday, saying he is definitely going to run for mayor of Coeur d'Alene. Widmyer is mostly known as the owner of Fort Grounds Grill, but he also owns two women's boutiques with his wife and several commercial and residential buildings in Coeur d'Alene. He said he has been kicking the idea around for the past month or so, but one phone call pushed him over the top. “I got a call from an 80-year-old resident of Coeur d'Alene this week, and he told me that he was worried about the future of the city,” Widmyer said. “That's when I thought I need to be paying attention to that”/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Facebook page photo of Steve Widmyer)

Question: Who will win in a four-way battle among Steve Widmyer, Mary Souza, Jim Brannon and Joe Kunka?

Mary Invites You To Hobnob On 4th

I received the nicest postcard from Coeur d'Alene mayoral candidate Mary Souza in the mail Monday — an invitation to join her for a glass of lemonade and a chat at the Sherman Hardware parking lot after the 4th of July Parade Thursday. The invite read: “I hope you can join me for a cup of lemonade and a chat about how we can bring openness and trust back to our city government. I cannot think of a better occasion than Independence Day to hear from you on how we can together launch a better future of our city.”

DOTC re: postcard: I think it shows Mary is obviously very organized and serious. Agree with her or not, I certainly rate her as a contender.

Question: How would you rate Mary's chances of becoming Coeur d'Alene mayor?

Ex-Mayor Recalled As ‘Feisty,’ ‘Kind’

Ray Stone was not one to back down from political pressures. “You always knew where he stood,” Ron Edinger said of the former Coeur d'Alene mayor. “He was a very staunch Democrat - and he always let you know it. He stood by what he believed.” Stone, Coeur d'Alene's mayor from 1986 to 1994 and a city council member from 1971 to 1979, died at The Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene Monday. He was 89. Stone was also a World War II veteran, the leader and drummer of a local band called The Ray Stone Swing Band, a teacher and a former dean at North Idaho College. Edinger, also a former Coeur d'Alene mayor and city council member who served with Stone, said Stone looked out for the “little guy or underprivileged person” “I lost a dear friend in Ray Stone and a good golfing buddy,” Edinger said. “He was a feisty and kind-hearted man”/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo: In 1995, Ray Stone tells an audience at the Coeur d'Alene Library about his experience in helping liberate a Nazi concentration camp)

DFO: Feel free to share any other remembrances you have of former, two-term mayor Ray Stone.

Souza Won’t Blog During Campaign

On OpenCDA.com, Bill McCrory discusses Mary Souza's role — or lack thereof — in the blog site, while she is a candidate for mayor this year:

As OpenCdA reported yesterday, Mary Souza has declared her intention to file as a candidate for the office of Mayor in the 2013 Coeur d’Alene City Election. Most people who have followed OpenCdA since its inception know that it was founded by Dan Gookin (now Councilman Dan Gookin), Mary Souza, and me.  To Dan and Mary’s credit and out of respect for the people in the community, both of them chose to withdraw from OpenCdA when they became candidates.   Mary has indicated that she will not be commenting on any of the various blogs, including OpenCdA.  In my opinion, that’s very wise.  Words written on a blog can be twisted and taken out of context. Dan occasionally adds comments to posts here, and Mary has given me permission to reprint her email newsletters when they are distributed. More here.

  • You can read statements by Mary Souza and Councilman Dan Gookin from Mary's announcement Friday that she's running for mayor of Coeur d'Alene this year here.

DFO: Mary has also assured me privately that she won't be part of OpenCDA.com during her run for mayor.

Thoughts?

Mary Souza Is Running For Mayor

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Mary Souza Announces For Mayor

Mary Souza, long-time critic of the Bloem administration, announced her candidacy for mayor of Coeur d'Alene this morning near the Third Street dock. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

In the Examiner.com, reporter Joe Newby writes about today's mayoral announcement by City Hall critic Mary Souza:

Speaking at the Third Street boat launch — also in need of repair — Souza said she's running for mayor to “include everyone.” “Let’s start to heal the divides. We can bridge the gaps and work together. And when there are major issues that will cost a great deal of money or change something sacred to our history, we’ll have a public vote,” she said. She also promised to hold city council meetings that are respectful and professional. “We won’t allow name-calling or juvenile behavior, and we’ll listen to citizens when they speak, and they’ll be treated well,” she said. Full article here.

Question: Can Mary Souza win a race for mayor in Coeur d'Alene? Or does she have too much baggage?

Gookin To Announce Mayor Bid?

Above, you'll see the letter sent to news outlets, including Huckleberries, by Councilman Dan Gookin announcing his plans to announce his plans for possible mayoral bid this fall.

Dan Gookin appears to be ready to run for mayor. The second-year city councilman sent a letter to media outlets stating he’s ready to announce his intention to vie for the mayor’s seat come November. The letter didn’t say he will for sure run for mayor, only that he will announce whether he will or not. So, would he call everyone out to the Third Street boat launch at 10 a.m. Friday to announce he’s not running? He told The Press today he didn’t want to “pre-announce his announcement.” But, he added, “I will not be wasting your time. I wouldn’t do that. That would be a joke, but I don’t want to pre-announce this announcement”/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Gookin versus Brannon versus ???, oh my. Thoughts?

PM: Condon Becomes Spokane Mayor

In the shadow of the Riverfront Park Clock Tower , David Condon is sworn in as the Spokane's 44th mayor by Judge Mary Logan this afternoon. Condon's wife, Kristin, right, holds the bible for the Oath of Office ceremony.  Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Mayor Wannabe Fought In Court

Item: Coeur d’Alene mayoral candidate had fight in court: Chief bailiff suffered broken arm trying to control him/Jim Camden, SR

More Info: Chief Bailiff and Jury Commissioner Pete Barnes told The Spokesman-Review that Arnold was ordered removed from the court but resisted efforts by Barnes and four other bailiffs to take him into custody; Barnes broke his elbow in the scuffle. Barnes said he had to wear a brace following the fight and was on light duty for a while. “He was not going to go to the ground for anything,” Barnes said. Arnold said he can’t talk about the case because it’s pending and could soon “reach a resolution.”

Question: Josh Arnold is a local GOP precinct leader who holds views similar to those of a constitutionalist. Should local Republicans be concerned about his court shenanigans — and that he’s running for mayor?

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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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