City: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Technology writer
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.
Gookin is an author in the popular “… For Dummies” book series.