Advertise Here

Huckleberries Online

Posts tagged: trustee election

Hamilton: Challenges Face Newbies

Board chair Tom Hamilton said he's not sure what to expect from the trustees-elect. Hamilton and Trustee Terri Seymour were elected in 2011 with the support of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans and anti-International Baccalaureate activist Duncan Koler. By December 2012, three Republican activists, including Regan and Seddon, had been appointed to fill out the five-member board. Hearn, Eubanks and Hazel were supported by Balance North Idaho, a new political action committee that does not align itself with any one political party. “The business of the board goes on, and elections happen every four years,” Hamilton said. “I hope they take the time to educate themselves on the issues, to learn the depth and complexity of the issues rather than handling things the way they did during the campaign”/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think hold-over Trustees Tom Hamilton and Terri Seymour are going to play well with the new trustees?

Regan & Hazel Face Off

Here's the one-liner from challenger Christa Hazel that received the biggest laugh/ovation of her debate with Zone 1 Trustee Brent Regan Tuesday evening — a reaction that drew a warning to the audience from Coeur Group moderator Peter Smith. (Video courtesy of Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19)

Candidate Handeen Backs Adams

In this Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 video, Coeur d'Alene School Board candidate Bjorn Handeen (who's running against Tom Hearn) voiced support for Councilman Steve Adams before Adams withdrew his threat of appealing a judicial confirmation decision re: sewer plant expansion. During public comments, Handeen said he took offense to jabs taken at fellow Constitutionalist Steve Adams for his stand against judicial confirmation on constitutional grounds. Handeen said there are thousands of fellow Constitutionalists in Coeur d'Alene who support Adams through their votes.


Seddon Appears At Pachyderm Club

Appointed Trustee Ann Seddon appeared at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning to hand out a flyer promoting her candidacy for the Coeur d'Alene School Board election in May. She launched her campaign by making the nonpartisan race a partisan one, a move promoted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in the last 3 years. Her flyer announces: “I am a retired teacher, a tutor, a conservative and a Republican.” And it concludes by saying: “I would very much like to remain on the Board, but as you know it will take money and unfortunately more than normal. My opponent is a recently retiring teacher from Coeur d'Alene Schools and will have access to union money.” Full flyer here.

Question: Who do you think will have more money for their campaigns — candidates supported by the Reagan Republicans, who have a warchest of at least $10,000, or their challengers?

Vieselmeyer Slams Campaign Lies

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Ron Vieselmeyer, a former Republican legislator who is retiring from the North Idaho College Board of Trustees, decries false information circulated by Reagan Republican trustee candidates:

“What bothers me the most about the deceptive campaign literature some of it was distributed by people that I agree with philosophically and politically. Since I was not a candidate for an elected office, most of the deception did not affect me personally. However, I am offended by the NIC Board of Trustees candidates who accuse the present board of outrageous tax increases and wasteful spending. It is amazing how you can separate figures from the larger picture of the various sources of revenue and expenditures regarding North Idaho College.” Full letter here.

Question: Is it allright to claim anything during a political campaign, as long as your candidate gets elected?

Nilson has $12,500 For Trustee Race

In his race for the open Trustee Seat C on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees, Ron Nilson of Ground Force has raised $8001 an loaned himself $4539. Nilson filed his 7-day, pre-election campaign finance report with the county clerk's office ahead of today's 5 o'clock deadline. In the latest reporting period, Nilson raised $1950, including $500 donations from Greg Gervais and David Bobbit. To date, Nilson has spent $6787. Nilson spent $1805 with Reagan Republican president Ron Lahr's Strategery Group during this reporting period. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe donated $1000 to Nilson during the last reporting period. You can read his latest campaign finance statement here and here. Dean Haageson, who is also running for the seat being vacated by Trustee Ron Vieselmeyer, hasn't turned in his campaign finance statement yet. Others in the race who have turned in their reports include: Vickie Ambrosetti here, Gary Coffman here, James Ruch here, and Fritz Widenhoff here.

DFO: Incumbents Judy Meyer and Mic Armon have turned in their reports. But there opponents haven't. I'll post those reports here when they're all in.

Press: Why NIC Election Important

Coeur d'Alene Press editorial today: Most people have a good feeling about what North Idaho College means to the region. Even its staunchest critics had to raise an eyebrow, though, over the recent report on NIC's economic impact. According to a study that was released at last week's meeting of the NIC board of trustees:

  • NIC has a positive impact of $165 million on the region's economy — that's 2.7 percent of the total regional economy.
  • For students, the impact translates to an annual 16 percent return on their investment.
  • For taxpayers, the annual return on investment is 6 percent.

Whether or not you buy those numbers isn't critical to our discussion today. What does matter is that there is agreement over NIC's place not just on the local academic landscape, but on the economic one, as well. More here.

Question: The Press editorial writer goes on to credit the NIC board of trustees for its solid job in running the college in these trying times, name Trustees Mic Armon and Judy Meyer, two incumbents seeking re-election. But not naming any of the challengers. What do you make of that?

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?

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

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.

Find DFO on Facebook

DFO on Twitter

Betsy Russell on Twitter

HBO newsmakers Twitter list

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Huckleberries Online.

Take this week's news quiz ›
Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here