A local businessman and longtime member of the City Planning Commission is adding his name to the City Council race.
Chris Copstead, 46, sells advertising and promotional products for the Spectrum Co. in Coeur d’Alene. Until last spring, he was president of a local office supply store, the Inkwell.
He has served on the planning commission for eight years and calls growth one of the key concerns for city leaders. “Growth is inevitable, but we need to plan it well,” Copstead said.
He listened to many hours of testimony on the controversial Blackwell Island annexation while on the planning commission. Copstead believes the City Council was right to approve the proposal.
This annexation could lead to further expansion of the city south of the Spokane River. But, “I’m not in favor of (further) annexing without careful, careful study,” Copstead said.
Copstead is concerned about the demands growth is placing on the fire and police departments. For example, the fire department has not increased its staff despite dramatic growth, he said.
He wants to convince the Legislature to approve impact fees to help pay for growth and maintain parks, libraries and recreation programs.
Copstead is seeking the position being vacated by Kootenai County Deputy Assessor Mike McDowell.
Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Ron Edinger is seeking another term. D.E. “Sam” Sears, a retired U.S. Forest Service employee, also has announced his candidacy.
Councilwoman Dixie Reid, whose term also is expiring, has not announced whether she’ll see re-election.
Ten people have obtained candidate packets from City Hall.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: DEADLINES Candidates have until Oct. 10 to gather signatures from 40 voters supporting their quest for office. The election is Nov. 7.