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Spencer Raking In Money

You wonder why Larry Spencer can afford all those sound-bite yard signs slamming incumbent Commissioner Dan Green? Spencer has raked in almost $31,000 to date for his campaign for Kootenai County commissioner, or twice as much as Green, according to the 7-day pre-election campaign finance reports filed before the Tuesday afternoon deadline. Meanwhile, Rathdrum Mayor Vic Holmes as raised less than $3000 in his long-shot bid for the office. I'll be back to break things down. Meanwhile, you can read the campaign finance statements for yourself: Larry Spencer here, and: Dan Green here, and Vic Holmes here.

  • Spencer's donations include $11,000 in $1,000 increments from the same Spokane, Wash., post office box, including one from Dennis Swartout, a Spokane developer whose subdivision for 1,500 affordable houses near Silverwood was rejected in 2006 by the Kootenai County commission.
  • Green has raised $14,960 and spent $7219 with Ron Lahr's Strategery Group, which is aligned with the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans (the original RR group)

Question: Any thoughts on the backers of Spencer & Green?

Spencer Hangs Up On SR Reporter

From Erica Curless' story on Kootenai County commissioner Seat 3 race: “This is the first time Spencer has run for elected office and instead is known for his behind-the-scenes efforts against anything he sees as a misuse of taxpayer dollars or an assault on private property rights. Yet he hasn’t dropped his evasive persona, refusing to tell his age, which public records show is 39, or the name of his company, DH Consulting. Spencer hung up on a reporter who asked about a 2008 property foreclosure and three run-ins with the law in the early 1990s that resulted in traffic-related charges for racing, obstructing an officer and careless driving.” More here.

Question: Should a Kootenai County commissioner candidate refuse to answer a reporter's questions?

Holmes Seeks Green Commish Seat

Vic Holmes is hitting the election trail again. Holmes, re-elected at Rathdrum's mayor in November, will challenge incumbent Dan Green for the District 3 seat on the Kootenai County Commission in the primary on May 15. Holmes has been Rathdrum's mayor for five years and served on the City Council for four. “I think it's time for me to further take advantage of the skills I have been taught and apply those to the best of my ability for the community and my family,” Holmes said. “Trying to be mayor (a part-time position) and make a living can be a complicated deal/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is Vic Holmes well known beyond the boundaries of Rathdrum?

Spencer Files For County Commish

Political activist Larry Spencer has filed to run against incumbent Republican Commissioner Dan Green in the Kootenai County Commission District 3 race. The move confirms the rumor that HucksOnline reported recently that Spencer had told Green that Spencer planned to run against him. Rathdrum Mayor Vic Holmesis the third Republican who has filed for the seat. Running for the Commission District 1 seat are five Republicans: incumbent Todd Tondee, Gerald Arno, Marc Eberlein, Bruce Noble and Tim Herzog. No Democrats are running for county commission. In the sheriff's race, Independent Tom Dickson of Cataldo has joined four others: Independent Joe Bodman and Republicans Ben Wolfinger, Keith Hutcheson and John Green. No one has filed to oppose Republican Prosecutor Barry McHugh.

Question: Can you paint a scenario in which Larry Spencer becomes a Kootenai County commissioner?

Tondee, Holmes File For Commish

Incumbent Republican Commissioner Todd Tondee has filed for re-election against four other candidates in the GOP primary for his District 1 commission seat this spring, according to Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes. Also, Vic Holmes has filed to take on incumbent Republican Dan Green for the District 3 commission seat. Only Republican incumbent Barry McHugh has filed for prosecutor. Four (Republicans Keith Hutcheson, Ben Wolfinger and John Green, and Independent Joe Bodman) have filed for sheriff. Below is a chart of individuals who have announced their candidacies.

Kootenai County Commissioner District 1 2
Gerald Arno R  
Marc Eberlein R  
Bruce Noble R  
Tim Herzog R  
Todd Tondee (I) R  
Kootenai County Commissioner District 3 4
Dan Green (I) R  
Vic Holmes R  

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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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