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County Commissioner, District 2, Kootenai County

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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Do They Share Same Political Ideas?

There’s been some speculation here re: the friendship that GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson has with state Rep. Phil Hart and Larry Spencer. Nelson and Hart have been seen together at events such as the Tea Party get together at Greyhound Park in Post Falls earlier…

Realtors Endorse Write-In Currie

In an unusual move, the Coeur d’Alene Realtors Association has endorsed a write-in candidate, Commissioner Rick Currie. In an e-mail to members, Realtors CEO Rick Vernon writes: “Rick is always willing to hear our concerns and has balanced our input with other voices in the…

Nelson Campaign Blamed For Slander

In an op-ed piece in the Coeur d’Alene Press, Linda Fillios (wife of former county commission candidate Chris Fillios) writes today: “I am deeply disturbed by the slanderous politics in the District 2 Kootenai County Republican Primary race. Rick Currie, the incumbent, Jai Nelson, a…

Aerodynamic: Who Is Real Jai Nelson?

Aerodynamic: NO, you don’t need to cross out the printed name. Simply mark the box corresponding to the write-in and enter the name. Shoshone Conservative, Currie is not creating a boogeyman. If you’ve followed the events of this race going back to the Primary, you’ll…

Check Out Rick Currie’s Tile Ad

I just clicked on write-in Rick Currie’s tile ad to see what’s there (in lefthand rail) — and found out that he’s still swinging re: his race with GOPrimary winner Jai Nelson. The ad begins: “Keep character and experience in and Jai Nelson out.” It…

HBO Poll: Dan English Vs. Cliff Hayes

Wednesday Poll: A supermajority (73 of 106, 68.87%) voted that the League of Women Voters blew it by not inviting write-ins Rick Currie (vs. Jai Nelson) and Howard Griffiths (vs. Phil Hart) to debate last night at the league’s candidates’ forum. 29 of 106 (27.36%)…

DFO: No Debates w/Write-ins? F’shame

I plan to attend the various county and legislative debates at the Coeur d’Alene Library community room tonight. But I will do so with regret that the sponsoring League of Women Voters let its rules dictate a serious error in judgment. Seems the league doesn’t…

Kootenai County Commission race

One race for Kootenai County commissioner took an unexpected twist when current Commissioner Elmer “Rick” Currie, who was defeated in a three-way Republican primary, announced his write-in candidacy for the general election.

Jai Nelson Tackles Campaign Rumors

Item: Politics turn personal: Commission candidate Jai Nelson responds to accusations/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press.More Info: Another accusation surfaced in a letter to the editor by Rick Currie on Oct. 3. Currie stated that Nelson had “told outright lies” about their political opponent, Fillios. Fillios…

Currie: Jai Nelson Lied, Didn’t Show

In the Coeur d’Alene Press Sunday, Commissioner Rick Currie wrote a letter to the editor, which read in part: “(Jai Nelson, left) completely misrepresented her business qualifications, told outright lies about the other candidate’s intentions, her campaign people slandered the other candidate with sexual innuendos,…

HBO Poll: Currie Has Chance To Win

Thursday Poll: A fair majority of respondents believe that Commissioner Rick Currie has a slim to good chance of succeeding as a write-in candidate in his re-election bid against Republican primary winner Jai Nelson. 68 of 111 (61%) said Currie has a chance of winning…

Kage: Lot Of People Want Currie Out

RE: Huckleberries interviews Rick Currie/DFO, Huckleberries OnlineKage Mann: Rick, it’s sour grapes. I know you’re worried about your $64,000 income and you don’t want to be like Gus Johnson; working for $9/ hr. as a bookkeeper in the sheriffs office. But, alot of people want…

Huckleberries Interviews Rick Currie

Kootenai County Commissioner Rick Currie dropped by Hucks Central a few minutes ago to announce his candidacy as a write-in candidate for the seat he now holds against Republican Jai Nelson, who beat Chris Fillios and him in a three-way race in the spring primaries….

Aerodynamic: Church Flyers Unethical

Aerodynamic: Not only have they (Jai Nelson & Phil Hart) been dating for some time (about two years), but if you’ve seen the flyer distributed on Sunday prior to the election by Citizens in Action — a Rally Right-like organization with common elements — you’ll…

Jai Nelson (Hearts) Phil Hart?

Am I the last to know that uberconservative Phil Hart and Kootenai County commissioner-elect Jai Nelson are an item?

Green, Nelson Want County Administrator

Item: Elected Kootenai commissioners align on some issues: Dan Green and Jai Nelson want to hold line on taxes, explore restructuring county government/Alison Boggs, SRMore Info: Dan Green and Jai Nelson both say when they take office in January they’ll push for a ballot measure…

Elected Kootenai commissioners align on some issues

The two Republicans who won election to the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appear to be philosophically aligned on at least two key issues facing the county.

Green, Nelson Sweep Out Incumbents

One challenger in a Kootenai County commission race was holding a solid lead Tuesday over a first-term incumbent, but the other contested Republican primary was too close to call. The races are winner-take-all because no Democrats entered the races. Dan Green, chairman of the county’s…

Jai Nelson Unseats Rick Currie (71 of 71)

(WITH 71 OF 71 PRECINCTS COUNTED) Jai Nelson … … … . 4,684 36.10 Elmer “Rick” Currie … … . 4,212 32.46 Chris Fillios … … … 4,079 31.44…

Realtors Back Currie, No One Else

A spy sent me this e-mail he received from commissioner candidate Chris Fillios: “I learned this morning (circuitously), that the Gov’t Affairs Committee of the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors (CAR) voted to endorse Currie in my race, and no endorsement for anyone running for…



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