No mandates in Idaho
The outcome of city council elections in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls are less conclusive and more nuanced when looking at the actual vote count and winning percentages.
Running unopposed, Scott Grant retained his seat in Post Falls with 100 percent of the vote.
However, three of six winners won by less than 50 percent – Al Hassell and John Bruning in Coeur d’ Alene and Linda Wilhelm in Post Falls. Hassell’s tally was only 43 percent. Kerri Thoreson in Post Falls won with just over 50 percent of the vote.
These numbers are not a mandate, suggesting a closer look at issues that separate citizens.
Urban renewal, the selection of board members, the operation and most of all the impact on taxpayers is not a settled issue. Planning issues confront both communities.
Many are concerned that development and real estate interests have a powerful voice and access not enjoyed by the average citizen.
The two issues, urban renewal and planning, separate citizens. Without reconciliation of these problems, it will be more difficult to address the pressing concerns of the aquifer, sewage treatment and street and highway infrastructure.
Community integrity cannot be achieved until there is support for and trust in those who represent us.