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Longtime Mayor Sandi Bloem is stepping down, setting up a three-way race to replace her.

Coeur d’Alene Mayor, City of Coeur d’Alene

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CandidateVotesPct
Steve Widmyer 4,719 56.13%
Mary Souza (R) 3,556 42.30%
Joseph Kunka 132 1.57%

* 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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Mary: To the victors go the spoils

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…


Huckleberries: Domino’s Pizza offer doesn’t make the grade

That flier from Domino’s Pizza seeking teachers to deliver pizzas and serve as customer reps part time received mixed reviews in the Coeur d’Alene High teachers’ lounge last week. Coeur d’Alene Domino’s wants teachers who like to make extra money delivering pizza after school while “driving around listening to their favorite music.”


Coeur d’Alene moderates victorious in election

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.


Huckleberries: Former CdA resident hardly shy about how Hawaii ranks for retirees

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.


Huckleberries: Tony Stewart, Steve Widmyer linked by near-fatal river mishap

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.


Fillios Backs Souza’s Vision For CdA

Architect Dick Stauffer of Miller-Stauffer points out amenities on the new McEuen Field to Coeur d’Alene City Council candidate Chris Fillios (right) and his Fillios’ wife, Linda, during an open house for the emerging park Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen) A letter was circulated viIa email…


Souza, Widmyer Debate Before Dems

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…


Huckleberries: Input on arming teachers neither ‘needless’ nor ‘divisive’

First, you should know that Mindy Cameron is a Lake Pend Oreille School District (Bonner County) trustee – and former editorial page editor of the Seattle Times. When she speaks, people listen. But School Board Chairman Steve Youngdahl wouldn’t let her read a statement into the record last week, against the loopy plan to arm some teachers in Sandpoint-area schools. Cameron considers the controversy to be a “needless and divisive distraction.” The Banned-in-Bonner comment surfaced on my Huckleberries blog.


Widmyer Owns Press Word ‘Mayor’

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…


RRepubs Back Souza, Thoreson

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans officially announced endorsements today for six candidates in the November 5th Municipal Elections. The organization’s President Jeff Tyler said “The choices in this election have never been so clear cut and who to endorse has never been so obvious since…

Gissel: Souza Forfeits Leadership Role

In the Sept. 12 edition of the Coeur d’Alene Press the following passage was included: “Souza said as mayor, she would vote whichever way the public favored on highly charged topics when the opinion is stacked on one side, regardless of how she feels personally.”…


Tony Stewart Opposes Souza, Kunka

Tony Stewart, long-time leader of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations wrote the following open letter to Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Ron Edinger, Dan Gookin, Deanna Goodlander, Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers: I hope all is well with you. I want…


OTV: Banned In Facebook Land

OrangeTV: For what it’s worth, I attempted asking Mary Souza several days ago via her campaign Facebook page if she had permission to put her signs where she was putting them. My post was deleted within several hours and I was permanently blocked from commenting…


Kunka Makes It 3-Way Mayor Race

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…


Souza at the Fair

Larry Gilman, Becky Funk, Mary Souza and Cristy Turnipseed. Duane Rasmussen photo. Apparently Mary’s tents sparkles with eye-catching white lights! Looks like everyone is having fun at the North Idaho Fair.


Huckleberries: To Times travel writer, nowhere is a state of mine

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 Explains His Walks

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 The Road w/Steve Widmyer

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…


Huckleberries: Sending sky lantern aloft not welcome, on two fronts

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin has a message for whoever launched a sky lantern that landed, deflated, behind a rear car tire in his Fortgrounds ’hood: “Now if you and your guests don’t mind driving around Coeur d’Alene today picking up your mess, it would be appreciated.” Firefighters who battled wildland fires (known in the old days as “wildfires”) in steep terrain near Avista’s dam at Post Falls and the Mica Bay area on Lake Coeur d’Alene recently would appreciate your support, too.


Running Hard For Mayor

Steve and Marie Widmyer are shown in this Facebook photo at their booth at the Downtown Street Fair, which is attracting buckets of rain this afternoon. Steve, who is running hard for Coeur d’Alene mayor, plans to be at the street fair from 10 a.m….