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Dan English

A candidate for State Representative, Pos. B, Idaho Legislative District 2 in the 2012 Idaho General Election

Party: Democrat

Age: 64

His words: “I feel like I have some good things to contribute from my experience. I enjoy being part of the decision-making process and listening to people.”

His pitch: Says he isn’t running on any “burning issues” but does believe citizens need to feel their elected leaders are hearing their concerns. Believes the city’s urban renewal district has done some “great things” and is an asset to the community, but adds that he knows some urban renewal projects and the district’s management style have been controversial. “I definitely believe it has room for improvement, and some of that is probably communication with the public.” English said he would seek a balance between being fiscally prudent and ensuring quality city services, and he’s not opposed to the city accepting federal grants.

Experience: Executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Kootenai County. Kootenai County Clerk, 1995-2010; Coeur d’Alene City Council, 1993-95; Coeur d’Alene School Board, 1985-89. Also worked 22 years as a licensed counselor.

On this race:

Favors Medicaid expansion because “it makes fiscal sense and … it’s the morally right thing to do.” Wants party precinct officials removed from public primary election ballot to save county taxpayers money. Opposes closed primaries because “right now all of the taxpayers are paying for the elections, and they are very expensive, and yet so many of them are closed out of the process.”

Notable: Served as elected Kootenai County clerk, Coeur d’Alene city councilman, and on Coeur d’Alene school board. Served as national standards board chair, U.S. Election Commission, and president, Idaho county clerks association. Former juvenile detective, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Founded Anchor House home for troubled teens and North Idaho Youth for Christ. Licensed professional counselor. Former Lewis-Clark State College adjunct faculty in justice studies and social work.

Election results

Ed Morse (R) 13,545 63.28%
Dan English (D) 7,861 36.72%

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