M 2011 Idaho General Election

Council Seat 3, City of Coeur d’Alene

About this race

This seat is being vacated by Councilman Al Hassell, who decided against seeking re-election.

City Council terms are four years and pay $750 per month, plus medical and dental benefits.

Last updated: Nov. 9, 11:49 a.m. Election results

Dan Gookin 3,409 54.12%
George Sayler 2,435 38.66%
Patrick “Mitch” Mitchell 239 3.79%
Annastasia Somontes 170 2.70%
Derec Aujay 46 0.73%

* 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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Edinger Will Get McEuen 2nd Tonight

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… Read more

Huckleberries: Artful move may be needed to save ‘Tolerance’

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. Read more

DanG: Don’t Blame Me For Doomsday

“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:… Read more

Edinger Motion Likely To Get A 2nd

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… Read more

Gookin, Adams Join CdA Council

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… Read more

Dan, Steve, & Mike Do Lunch

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… Read more

Kennedy: Go Slow On McEuen Field

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… Read more

Mary Gets Around To Gloating

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… Read more

RRepubs Felt In Nonpartisan Races

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… Read more

Huckleberries: Voters had three questions for candidate

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? Read more

DFO: Another Look At McEuen Field

In discussing his election win Tuesday, Dan Gookin told HucksOnline that people wanted to know about three things when he knocked on their doors: Where did he stand on the McEuen Field public vote? Was he an incumbent? Was he a Republican? That might explain… Read more

3rd Times The Charm For Gookin

JohnA: My hat’s off to Dan (Gookin) and to all of the candidates. I have no idea why anyone would want to run for City Council. 750 bucks a month for the beating they take? No thanks. Al told me once that serving on the… Read more

HucksOnline Interviews Dan Gookin

HucksOnline: Did the voters of Coeur d’Alene give you & Steve Adams a mandate last night? Dan Gookin: The mandate is that they want a public vote on McEuen Field. Some could argue that was the public vote. But going forward they want an actual… Read more

Hucks Poll: Anti-Bloemers Won’t Win

Monday Poll: Hucks Nation doesn’t think either challenger Dan Gookin or Steve Adams will win Coeur d’Alene City Council seats today. 97 of 157 respondents (61.78%) said neither opponent of Mayor Sandi Bloem’s administration will win council seats. Meanwhile, 29 of 157 (18.47%) said both… Read more

Poll: Return Vandals To Big Sky

Weekend Poll: A supermajority wants to see the Idaho Vandals return to the lower-division Big Sky Conference and re-form national rivalries with Montana, Montana State, & Eastern Washington. 85 of 120 respondents (70.83%) wants Idaho to quit trying to keep up with Boise State in… Read more

Gookin Conjures Obama Vs. Sayler

A Coeur d’Alene resident emails this to me (although I received it in the mail this weekend, too), with the observation: “I’m surprised Gookin felt he needed to do this officially from his campaign. Seems this would have been a better attack coming from his… Read more

RRepubs Spending $10K On CdA, PF

Update: HucksOnline has learned that Strategery Group, which has been paid at least $9300 to date to assist in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls council elections for 5 Reagan Republican-endorsed candidates, is owned by Reagan Republican board member Ron Lahr. We’re discussing the curious connection… Read more

Kathy Sims Backs Gookin, Adams

Coeur d’Alene Honda, owned by state Sen. Kathy Sims, has contributed $908.48 apiece to the Coeur d’Alene City Council campaigns of Dan Gookin and Steve Adams. Sims, an outspoken critic of Mayor Sandi Bloem’s administration, made the contributions Oct. 3. Of note, Sims filed the… Read more

Gookin: ‘Neat Truck’

On his Facebook wall, Coeur d’Alene City Council candidate Dan Gookin posts this photo with the simple cutline: “Neat truck.” Read more

Huckleberries: NIC spookiness might mean ghost roster whole

Coeur d’Alene has been down one ghost since the one in the basement at Senor Froggy was exorcised when the restaurant at Seventh Street and Sherman Avenue was torn down. Now, Huckleberries hears from Managing Editor Devin Hellman of the North Idaho College Sentinel that there may be a spook in the college’s Seiter Hall. Read more