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Cda Doctor Will Run Against Sen. Reed

Tue., April 2, 1996

Coeur d’Alene physician Jack Riggs announced Monday that he’s running for the seat held by state Sen. Mary Lou Reed, D-Coeur d’Alene.

He said he doesn’t enjoy campaigning, but that he’s always had an interest in holding public office.

“I think I’m probably a little naive and a little altruistic,” said Riggs, a Republican and Coeur d’Alene native.

“I think there’s been a change away from American values,” Riggs said. “In the ‘70s, the waters got muddied. I think individuals in the country became very selfish.”

He has worked on the election campaigns of fellow Republicans Gov. Phil Batt and Sen. Dirk Kempthorne.

Riggs, 41, is taking on a veteran. Reed, 66, has served six terms in the Legislature, earning a reputation as a strong voice for education and the environment. She announced last week that she’s running for re-election.

Two years ago, Reed beat challenger Ron Vieselmeyer, a conservative Republican.

Riggs owns the North Idaho Immediate Care clinics in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. Construction on his third clinic, in Hayden, should begin next week.

Legislative District 4 includes all of Shoshone County, the western half of Benewah County and the southeast portion of Kootenai County.

, DataTimes

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