City: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Occupation: Property manager and restaurateur
On this race:
Steve Widmyer, 53, co-owns two women's clothing stores and Fort Ground Grill. He was the controller of the Coeur d'Alene Resort for 16 years. He said he'll use his budget and finance experience "to be the best steward of taxpayer money," and make sure public safety is the city's top priority. Widmyer also advocates city government that is small-business friendly and said he'll work closely with Jobs Plus and the Lake City Development Corporation to recruit jobs. He also emphasizes civility at City Hall and being a respect leader.
|Steve Widmyer ()||4,719||56.13 %|
|Mary Souza (R)||3,556||42.30 %|
|Joseph Kunka ()||132||1.57 %|
In her latest newsletter Mary Souza writes: You might remember that on Dec. 6, 2013, the CdA Press ran an article announcing that Jack Riggs is buying the Coeur Building on Front street, right across from McEuen Park. It is right next to the parking…
Coeur d’Alene voters passed over a slate of hard-line conservatives and elected moderate or left-leaning candidates for mayor and City Council on Tuesday. Business owner Steve Widmyer will take over as mayor Jan. 7. He easily beat longtime City Hall critic Mary Souza 56 percent to 43 percent.
Major John Chamness of the Salvation Army emails a business story from Hawaii about that MoneyRates.com study claiming Idaho is a better place to retire than the islands. John has a good idea of what both states are like year round. In June 2012, he transferred to his new post as a divisional commander of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands after guiding the construction and first years of the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center. He appreciates both places, which rank high in the poll – Idaho at No. 1, Hawaii at No. 3.
It’s hard to imagine where the long struggle for human rights in North Idaho would have been without Tony Stewart. Yet the longtime Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations leader almost wasn’t around to battle the Aryan Nations. In spring 1979, Stewart, a North Idaho College instructor, went rafting on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River with a college tennis player and a second student named Steve. The water was high and flowing rapidly.
A few jabs were traded between Coeur d’Alene mayoral candidates Mary Souza and Steve Widmyer at the Kootenai County Democrats luncheon on Friday, but Joe Kunka was a no show. Tamara Poelstra, who moderated the event, said Kunka did not respond to repeated requests. Souza…
Coeur d’Alene businessman Steve Widmyer isn’t mayor. Not yet. But for now, in the Coeur d’Alene Press, he owns the word. “Coeur d’Alene, meet your next mayor,” begins a Press editorial previewing its mayoral coverage. Like every mention of the “mayor” since the first week…
Joe Kunka, as expected, filed his candidacy papers for the Coeur d’Alene mayor’s race. Those signing his petition area: Kunka himself, Darron & Jill Cole and Harriet & Delmore Moug. Kunka, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor against incumbent Mayor Sandi Bloem four years ago, joins…
New York Times travel writer Rachel Levin has officially pinpointed the “middle of nowhere” to be in central Idaho (despite those of you who thought it was in the greater Athol area). According to the Gray Lady reporter, the middle of nowhere is Stanley, Idaho, squeezed between the Salmon River of No Return and the Sawtooth Mountains. In a Wednesday article, Levin writes: “The ‘Entering Stanley, Idaho’ sign seemed more like a friendly warning than a welcome. ‘Population 63,’ it read, as if to say: Congratulations, you’ve made it to the middle of nowhere.
Steve Widmyer emails: “Just a clarification on the walk. I am walking all the streets of Coeur d Alene but at this point I am not making door to door stops. If I see people on the road or in their lawns I wave and…
On his Facebook page, Coeur d’Alene mayoral candidate Steve Widmyer writes: “Today we finished walking the final streets in Indian Meadows and Queen Anne Estates. A total of 5.2 miles. So between Indian Meadows, Northshire, Queen Anne, and Orchard Park there are over 12 miles…