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Major Ben Wolfinger has raised more money overall than his Independent opponents in a four-way race for Kootenai County sheriff, but he has less money on hand for the fall campaign than Independent Bob Foster. Wolfinger has raised $14767, including $850 in the last reporting period, in his bid to replace retiring Sheriff Rocky Watson. But he spent much of the money in his bruising GOP primary campaign. Foster has raised $10,838 overall, including $695 during the last reporting period. You can read Wolfinger's report here, and Foster's here. Also, you can read Independent Tom Dickson's report here, and Independent Joe Bodman's report here.
A little birdie in Independent Bob Foster's campaign for Kootenai County sheriff tells Huckleberries: “The Coeur d'Alene Police Officers Association voted unanimously to endorse Bob Foster for Kootenai County Sheriff. The vote has been in the process for the past couple of weeks via the association's website where members voted online. Voting ended June 30, at 17:00. If you recall, the Lake City Employee's Association voted earlier in the year to endorse Bob, so now he has 2 of the 3 city groups supporting him. All that remains is the Firefighters group and Bob has made a presentation to them.” Foster is the code enforcement officer for the city of Coeur d'Alene. (Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department has confirmed that the police association has endorsed Bob Foster.)
Question: Can Independent Bob Foster beat Republican nominee Mayor Ben Wolfinger in the sheriff's race?
I was watching a replay of wannabe John Green's rant from the sheriff's candidate forum in February about the “cowards” who hide in the dark “spreading hate & dissension” online, when the thought hit me: Bob Foster was wise to file as an Independent. Foster? He's the Coeur d'Alene code enforcement officer who took part in the Republican forum with Green & three others. And then decided to run as an Independent. Foster has the schooling and law enforcement background to be a good sheriff. But he would have been lost in the crowd of candidates in the Kootenai County GOPrimary race. Green has the backing of the Tea Party/United Conservatives crowd. Keith Hutcheson has the backing of the Reagan Republicans. And Ben Wolfinger has the backing of mainstream/chamber Republicans. Foster would likely have finished fourth in that race. However, as an Independent, he has 6 more months to make himself known to the public. Should he be an Independent facing Green (and that could happen depending on the primary split), he can bank on support from Republicans who individuals who backed Wolfinger & Hutcheson, as well as Independents & Democrats shut out by the Republicans closed primary. Of course, two other men have filed as Independents — Tom Dickson, a former sheriff's captain, and Joe Bodman, the former Post Falls councilman. No matter how the race plays out, Foster has improved his chances — DFO.
Question: Who do you think will win the sheriff's race?
- Monday Poll: Keith Hutcheson, chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police, was the clear favorite in the five-way race to succeed Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson. Hutcheson attracted 189 of 320 votes (59.06%) to beat sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger, who was second with 97 of 320 votes (30.31%). Others attracting votes were John Green, 23 (7.19%), Adam Johnson 6 (1.88%), and Bob Foster 5 (1.56%).
- Today's Question: Is ex-Arizona sheriff Richard Mack a good choice to speak at the Kootenai County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner?
John Green, a Kootenai County sheriff's candidate, was present at the first meeting of United Conservatives of North Idaho, the re-invented Rally Right group, but was the only candidate to miss the sheriff's forum sponsored by the Reagan Republicans Thursday.
Jail expansion, unionization, deputy retention and gun rights. Three of the four Republican candidates for Kootenai County sheriff fired off reasons Thursday why they are the best officer for the job. Bob Foster, Keith Hutcheson and Ben Wolfinger each have decades of law enforcement experience and each is vying for the department's top post. Something should be done with increasing the jail if the demand calls for it, the candidates said, though they differed on what option they would support. “I'm not opposed to tents,” said Foster, a code enforcement officer with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, who began his law enforcement career in 1967 in California. Exploring cheaper options, if they meet regulations, should be the first choice, he said, referring to the tents Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio set up in Arizona/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Should the Kootenai County sheriff use tents to house prisoners more cheaply, like controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio does?
At the sheriff's candidates forum, sponsored by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans, sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger talks with Bob Balser.
HucksOnline received this report from sheriff's forum staged by Reagan Republicans at noon today: “Ben Wolfinger's theme seemed to be Wolfinger's experience. Most Conservative Republicans said that Keith Hutcheson was their man. Someone stated how great it was to have a collection of Conservatives running for the job. Bob Foster is a supporter of the Second Amendment. He would like to shake the hand of the man who stopped the knife assault at Goodwill. Keith Hutcheson recounted how he picked up some illegal aliens once in this area and held them for ICE officials. He said he almost got in trouble go that one. … Keith Hutcheson had printed letters and envelopes, so people could contribute to his campaign. The others just had business cards. Ben Wolfinger passed out business cards which (didn't have) the word 'Republican' on them but there was a “(R)” on the card this time. Some privately criticized Wolfinger for having contributed money to Democrats in the past.”
- John Green, the favorite of the Far Right, was a no-show.
- Tom Hasslinger's preliminary report for Coeur d'Alene Press here
Republican Bob Foster, the former director of Hagadone Hospitality security and current code enforcement officer with the Coeur d'Alene police, has announced his candidacy for sheriff. Foster, of Post Falls, is a 37-year veteran of Law Enforcement having served 17 years as a chief of police (for Willits, Calif., and Humboldt State University/Eureka, Calif.). He holds a degree in public administration and is a FBI National Academy graduate. Foster has been recognized by citizens, youth and senior citizen groups, community organizations, school boards, administrators & educators, law enforcement professionals and government representatives for his commitment & contributions to the public’s safety, community values and professional standards in law enforcement. Foster is a fourth-generation Idahoan and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is a member of the American Legion. Resume here.
Question: Who do you plan to support among Major Ben Wolfinger of the sheriff's department, John Green of UCNI, or Foster?