March 19, 2012 in Idaho

N. Idaho white supremacist runs for county sheriff

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SANDPOINT, Idaho — A white supremacist in northern Idaho wants to be the next Bonner County sheriff, saying federal overreach motivated him to run for the office.

Shaun Winkler of the White Knights of the KKK will go up against incumbent Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Ponderay police officer Time Fry in the Republican primary on May 15. The winner of that contest will face independent candidate Rocky Jordan in November.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 33-year-old Winkler, who has ties to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, acknowledges his personal beliefs could cast a pall over his campaign.

The Aryan Nations is gone from North Idaho, but its reputation has lingered to the chagrin of locals.

Winkler says he’s not running to push a white supremacist agenda.

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