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County Commissioner, District 2, Kootenai County

Candidate Votes Pct
Jai Nelson (R) 30,899 85.19%
(Write-in) Elmer “Rick” Currie (R) 5,370 14.81%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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County Newcomers Sworn Into Office

Item: Time to serve: County officials take the oath of office, get right to work/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press More Info: Diligence and change is what they promise. And they expect to deliver right away. Speeches were full of thanks and hope on Monday morning…

Huckleberries Hears …

Newly elected Kootenai County commissioner Jai Nelson applauds during the swearing in of her fellow commissioners during the ceremony at the Kootenai County administration building in Coeur d’Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka) … that Jai Nelson had 3 interesting well-wishers after she was…

Currie, Piazza Leave Office

Item: Currie says goodbye: Commissioner, county staff reflect on 8 years in office/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press More Info: Friday was the bittersweet last day for Currie, the chair of the county commissioners who lost the race for re-election last November to Jai Nelson. It…

Kootenai County OKs new comprehensive plan

Kootenai County commissioners on Thursday approved a comprehensive plan that’s been four years in the making. Updating the 16-year-old plan began in the fall of 2006 and involved hundreds of meetings, with input from developers, environmentalists, mayors, state agencies and ordinary citizens. Commissioner Rick Currie said the plan would not please everyone but is the county’s best attempt at compromise.

Alleged embezzlement drew from account that wasn’t audited

Kootenai County’s former chief deputy clerk is suspected of embezzling $138,905 over 10 years, ending in October, the month before she retired, Coeur d’Alene police said Wednesday. Sandy Martinson, 62, has not been charged or arrested. Coeur d’Alene police, however, sent a formal request for charges to the Bonner County prosecutor, who is handling the case because Martinson worked for Kootenai County. Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall said he hopes to make a decision by late next week. Potential charges include grand theft and felony misuse of public funds, Marshall said.

Vestal: BNSF derails its ‘good neighbor’ policy

Remember Livingston. Whatever the outcome of the BNSF Railway Co.’s lawsuit against Kootenai County – in which the railroad argues that the county has no power to make sure it’s not spilling fuel into our drinking water – remember Livingston.

Street name for veteran faces hurdle

Plans to name a street after Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker have hit a snag in North Idaho, where the decorated World War II veteran spent his final years.

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…

Last Democratic official in Kootenai County loses job

Kootenai County, already among the most conservative regions of the country, is about to lose its sole surviving Democratic elected county official. Longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English was defeated 60 percent to 40 percent by Cliff Hayes, the former Post Falls police chief. English had been Kootenai County’s clerk for 15 years.

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…

GOP incumbents finding easy wins in Idaho

A tumultuous election in Idaho led to high turnout and strong feelings, but the most-Republican-voting state in the nation was left little changed. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter rallied to win a second four-year term, despite widespread concern about his decision to cut school funding and the failure of the major initiative of his first term, a big investment in the state’s roads.

How Many Currie, Griffiths Write-Ins?

I believe that Rick Currie and Howard Griffiths would win election today, if their names were on the ballot. But their names aren’t on the ballots. So I doubt that an upset is possible. Here at Huckleberries Online, we’re clued into the nuances of these…

Nelson, Currie Spar To The End

Item: Commissioner race heats up with write-in: Currie, loser in Idaho primary, fighting back/Alison Boggs, SRMore Info: Nelson labeled it “sad” that Currie has chosen to “go down this road. I think it speaks for itself.” Via e-mail, Nelson said the supporter in question (Larry…

BP: Nelson KO’d Currie On KVNI

A Berry Picker e-mails this to Hucks HQ re: the appearance on KVNI radio this morning by GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson and write-in candidate Rick Currie, the commission incumbent: “Jai was articulate, professional and informed. Rick came on the phone about five minutes later, totally…

McGruber: Voting Against Hart’s Pal

McGruber: Does anyone else think that those who don’t live in Phil Hart’s district who object to his serving another term but can’t vote on that district’s ballot might do the next best thing and vote the write-in against Hart’s girlfriend in the commissioner race?Question…

2 New Kootenai Commissioners?

On KEA Blog, Terry Harris cutlines: “Candidates Jai Nelson and Dan Green at the comp plan hearing, perhaps discussing how they would un-screw it up. Nelson, of course, is running against write-in candidate Rick Currie, the incumbent commissioner. Green won is GOPrimary and is unopposed…

Aerodynamic: Nelson No Show Again

Aerodynamic: And as I write this DFO, Nelson once again has blown off a forum - this time at the CDA Tribe in Plummer. Of course, she invites folks to call her and speak with her one-on-one, where she can spin as the mood strikes…

HBO Poll: Currie Easily Beats Nelson

Weekend Poll: In a surprise, incumbent Kootenai County Commissioner Rick Currie, a write-in candidate, defeated Jai Nelson handily. Currie attracted 164 of 278 votes (59%) from Hucks Nation to beat GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson in our straw poll. Nelson won 72 of 278 (26%) votes….

Nelson To Pass On CdA Tribe Forum

Huckleberries hears … that GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson (shown Friday at Spirit Lake City Park for GOP bus tour) has turned down an invitation from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe to appear at a candidates’ forum at the Wellness Center in Plummer at 7 p.m….

HBO Poll: Currie Or Nelson?

Wednesday Poll (didn’t have one Thursday): It’s obvious that the Wednesday poll got hijacked. It shows that 235 of 326 (72%) of the votes were for Democrat Keith Allred. 84 of 326 (26%) were for incumbent Republican Butch Otter. Independent Pro-Life got 5 votes, and…