City: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Technology writer
Education: Earned bachelor’s in visual arts and communication from the University of California San Diego.
Political experience: Coeur d’Alene City councilman since 2011
Work experience: Gookin is a writer who has written more than 165 book on technology and computers. He is also the creator of the “For Dummies” series which began with “DOS for Dummies.”
Family: Married. Has four sons.
On this race:
Gookin, 50, has run for council twice before and lost to Deanna Goodlander by 29 votes in 2009. He said the council is not listening to the public and that’s never been more apparent than with McEuen Field. The public wants a public vote on the park’s proposed remake. Gookin also objects to the city’s overspending when unemployment hovers around 11 percent. He said urban renewal will always be an issue for him, though it’s accomplished some good, including the education corridor infrastructure project. He said the agency should just finish the projects that have been started, pay off its debt and shut down. He said he’s the only candidate in this the race who has a history going back six years of looking at city budgets and being an activist. “My passion about the city of Coeur d’Alene is pretty well demonstrated. Pretty much everyone else in the race is a new guy on the scene.” He promises to establish weekly office hours if he’s elected.
|Dan Gookin ()||3,409||54.12 %|
|George Sayler ()||2,435||38.66 %|
|Patrick “Mitch” Mitchell (D)||239||3.79 %|
|Annastasia Somontes ()||170||2.70 %|
|Derec Aujay ()||46||0.73 %|
Time for a vote one way or the other. The Coeur d’Alene City Council will consider whether to put the conceptual plan for the McEuen Field redesign project out to a public advisory vote at 6 tonight. The agenda item, scheduled under old business, was…
It ain’t easy jettisoning public art devoted to tolerance. But the Bonner County commissioners are trying. Artist David Kraisler’s “Tolerance” – a 10-foot steel-and-wood piece – has “graced” the courthouse lawn in Sandpoint for 11 years, since its creation in response to a planned 2001 Aryan Nations parade that didn’t happen. The city of Sandpoint got first shot at hosting “Tolerance,” but passed on it, claiming at the time that lack of a policy for public art was the problem. Trouble is, the sculpture resembles two giant stick figures coupling.
“Contrary to what they’re saying in various parts of town, the decision to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight has nothing to do with my recent election to City Council” — Councilman Dan Gookin re: “Doomsday Clock moves one minute closer to midnight.” Question:…
Councilman Ron Edinger’s motion will receive a second. Then whether the McEuen Field project should be put to a public advisory vote will be up for the City Council to decide Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first full meeting for new councilmen and vote-supporters Dan Gookin…
Item: Change comes to Cd’A council: Adams, Gookin take oath; Bruning, Hassell honored/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press More Info: After the presentations, Adams, Gookin and Edinger took their oaths, and the victors were seated. Their first order of business included voting for Mike Kennedy as…
On his Facebook wall, Councilman-elect Dan Gookin posts: “Went to councilman school today. Very interesting. I relish wielding my new-found elected power. Seriously: It was informative, though most of it was quite familiar. Ate lunch with Steve Adams and City Attorney Gridley.” Question: Anyone want…
It’s not getting shoved through. In fact, before the Coeur d’Alene City Council takes up McEuen Field again, it should wait until new members take their seats, City Councilman Mike Kennedy said. It would be prudent to wait for Dan Gookin and Steve Adams to…
In case you were wondering when Mary Souza would get around to gloating re: the election results Tuesday, you need wonder no longer. She does in her weakly newsletter. “Well, the good news is there will be two new voices on city council now. I…
Coeur d’Alene Councilman-elect Dan Gookin hangs out with Reagan Republican brain trust Ron Lahr, left, and Jeff Ward at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club meeting Friday morning. After Tuesday’s election, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem attributed KCRR’s influence as a key factor in the election’s…
As you may know, seven of seven candidates endorsed by Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in four towns in Kootenai County won last Tuesday, including two of two in Coeur d’Alene. Reagan Republican-endorsed Dan Gookin told Huckleberries that Coeur d’Alene residents were interested in chiefly three things: Where do you stand on a public vote on McEuen Field changes? Are you an incumbent? Are you a Republican?