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Fillios Backs Souza’s Vision For CdA

Architect Dick Stauffer of Miller-Stauffer points out amenities on the new McEuen Field to Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Chris Fillios (right) and his Fillios' wife, Linda, during an open house for the emerging park Saturday. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

A letter was circulated viIa email Friday on behalf of Chris Fillios, candidate for Coeur d'Alene City Council seat No. 2. A Berry Picker forwarded the letter to Huckleberries. It reads in part: “My opponent, Amy Evans is a self-proclaimed progressive liberal, whose view of events in Coeur d’Alene is analogous to Mr. Rogers’ wonderland.  Never mind, the money diverted to LCDC, and the special favors showered upon downtown landowners by a complicit City Council. I join Mary Souza, mayoral candidate in attempting to instill a new era of accountability, transparency, and economic growth front and center. If you believe as I do, that President Obama, is systematically ruining our nation, than(sic) you should also realize that should my opponent, Amy Evans, prevail, she will only enhance Coeur d’Alene’s demise.” Full letter here.

Question: Is it fair to try to tie an opponent in a City Council race to President Obama?

Debate: Evans, Fillios Square Off

Item: Evans, Fillios talk city salaries at candidates' forum/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The first question from the Coeur Group panelist, which sponsored the event, dealt with how the candidates would repair what some believe is a dysfunctional City Council. Fillios said he would restore transparency and oversight first. “Whether that be toward the question of urban renewal or the budgets,” he said. “Budgets are routinely rubber stamped. They are not examined for detail.” He pointed to the parks budget which he said does not include any line items. Evans, pictured, said it is important to have fresh voices and fresh faces on the council and the city should listen to all of the people in the community, as well as evaluate efficiencies in the budget and capitalize on those. “I am a fresh face and I am a fiscal conservative that will look at the budget carefully and look at all efficiencies that are to be had,” she said. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

DFO: When asked by the Coeur Group to say how he differs from his opponent, Fillios said he's a conservative fiscally and socially, while his opponent if a progressive liberal. Evans didn't respond to that jab, stating only that she thought Fillios was a nice man whom she'd just met. Thoughts?

Fillios Files For Coeur d’Alene Council

East Side Highway District Commissioner Chris Fillios has become the third person to file for the Coeur d'Alene City Council seat now held by Councilman Mike Kennedy, who isn't seeking re-election. With filing deadline at 5 o'clock today, Fillios filed for Seat 2 against Amy Evans and Jared Festner. Those signing Fillios' candidacy petition were: Gary Ingram, Martha West, Karen Lawson, Rebecca Funk, Judey Brown, Lyssa Kopke, Steve Kopke, Linda Fillios, (one unreadable name) and the candidate himself.

SRO Crowd Attends Records Forum

Highway Commissioner Chris Fillios is here being instructed by Coeur d'Alene Press Editor Mike Patrick about his role in a skit that was part of the open meetings/records forum in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday night. Fillios was cast in the role of a reporter who catches the County Commissioners conducting an illegal meeting.

If they're making a decision, make yourself at home. If they're holding deliberations, pull up a chair.  But if a government entity is discussing personnel issues, say, hiring an employee or disciplining an officer, the door will be shut to civilians. No use complaining. It's the law. The open meetings law, specifically. And it's there for a reason, explained Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Tuesday night/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: A standing-room-crowd of about 90 attended the three-hour forum in Coeur d'Alene last night, sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Press and The Spokesman-Review.

Realtors Endorse Write-In Currie

In an unusual move, the Coeur d’Alene Realtors Association has endorsed a write-in candidate, Commissioner Rick Currie. In an e-mail to members, Realtors CEO Rick Vernon writes: “Rick is always willing to hear our concerns and has balanced our input with other voices in the community.  He is a voice of reason in the complex development of the Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan. …  As you are probably aware the primary vote was split almost equally among the three candidates. Chris Fillios has asked his supporters in the primary to also support Rick Currie. This would represent over 60% of the voters for this position who voted in the primary.”

Question: What do you make of the Realtors endorsing a write-in candidate?

Nelson Campaign Blamed For Slander

In an op-ed piece in the Coeur d’Alene Press, Linda Fillios (wife of former county commission candidate Chris Fillios) writes today: “I am deeply disturbed by the slanderous politics in the District 2 Kootenai County Republican Primary race. Rick Currie, the incumbent, Jai Nelson, a candidate for office and my husband Chris Fillios ran for this seat. Each received more than 30 percent of the Primary vote during the campaign. During the Primary, a member of Jai Nelson’s campaign team called certain people in the county and specifically started rumors of a sex scandal involving my husband, Chris. You have asked Republicans to back the elected candidates in this November election. I strongly support our Republican candidates, who were elected, but I cannot allow slander to become a truth and I cannot support Jai Nelson.” More here.

Question: What do you think state GOP Chairman Norm Semanko will do with this hot potato?

Jai Nelson Unseats Rick Currie (71 of 71)

(WITH 71 OF 71 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jai Nelson .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,684   36.10
Elmer "Rick" Currie .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,212   32.46 
Chris Fillios .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     4,079   31.44
Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,975

Realtors Back Currie, No One Else

A spy sent me this e-mail he received from commissioner candidate Chris Fillios:I learned this morning (circuitously), that the Gov’t Affairs Committee of the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors (CAR) voted to endorse Currie in my race, and no endorsement for anyone running for District 3. … This does not surprise me — even considering that once again Currie and Piazza were the last to respond to CAR’s questionnaire. I think you can understand the impetus behind this endorsement given the recent decision by Currie and Piazza to scrap the designations and densities from the Comp Plan. Why endorse Currie and not Piazza? Perhaps to blunt the argument that the commissioner’s vote to scrap the Plan was politically motivated, and secondly, because they feel my race is tighter than Dan Green’s. … To add to the drama, the Committee decided to award $999 (vs. the $1000 limit) PAC money to Currie; this way they don’t need to disclose on the Sunshine Report (or the most recent version).

Foes Out-Raise Incumbent Rick Currie

Challengers Chris Fillios and Jai Nelson have raised and spent two and three times as much as incumbent Rick Currie in their attempt to unseat the veteran commissioner from District 2. The 7-day pre-election campaign finance statements show:

  • Chris Fillios has raised $9348 in contributions and personal loans and spent $9279, for a balance of $69. He has loaned himself $4181. He has received 18 donations of $100 or more, including $500 apiece from Brent Regan/CdA, Hamid A. Wasti/CdA, & Conda Mitchell, CdA; $300 from Norb S. Twillmann/Harrison; $250 from Eugene Fillios/Santa Monica, CA, & Gary Schneidmiller/Post Falls, Robert & Janell Anderson/Harrison, and Nancy Currie/Harrison. Chris Fillios report here.
  • Jai Nelson has raised $7239 and spent $6756, for a balance of $483. She has loaned herself $2000 and received $550 in in-kind services from William Brown/CdA. She has received 11 donations of $100 or more, including $1000 from Mike & Pam Hnkoski/Athol; $500 from Mary Brown/CdA and H.A. Wasti/CdA; and $250 from Phil Hart/Athol and R.G. Nelson/CdA. Jai Nelson report here.
  • Rick Currie has raised $2707 and spent $2620, for a balance of $88. Currie has received 7 donations of $100 or more, including an in-kind one for $1000 from Fightin’ Creek and cash contributions of $500 from Bruce Oliver/Post Falls; $300 from Andy’s Heating & Cooling/Hayden Lake; and $200 each from John Robideaux/CdA and Robert Turnipseed/Hayden Lake. Rick Currie report here.

Spencer: This Poll’s Rigged Or Sumpin

  • Spencer (@ 6:50 a.m.): Hey DFO, why do you suppose the numbers for Chris Fillios are climbing at the rate of one every eight seconds on the straw poll?
  • Spencer (@ 7:14 a.m.) WOW!!!! As soon as I said something, the runaway voting for Chris stopped like someone pulled the cord! Good thing I saved the pages along the way! Less than an hour ago, Jai was in the lead, then Chris started climbing, so I saved the page when Chris had 726 votes and Jai had 710 and Currie had 74. Just after I posted the comment above, Chris had 942, Jai had 713, and Currie had 75. Y’all don’t think this thing is rigged, do you? Naw, can’t be that!
  • Spencer (@ 7:15 a.m.): Holy smokes! Chris is up another hundred!
  • Spencer (@ 7:18 a.m.): He must be really popular with himself or something.

Question: Judging from the votes cast in the weekend HBO Poll, there’s a ton of interest in the two Kootenai County commissioner races. Chris Fillios and Jai Nelson are the runaway leaders in the three-way race with Commissioner Rick Currie. Who finished 6th among the 6 vote-getters in he poll. Do you think this campaign if Currie’s Last Hurrah?

Commissioner Wannabes Make Case

Item: Commissioner candidates make their case: Six hopefuls spoke in Coeur d’Alene Thursday/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Candidates for Kootenai County commissioner described their visions for local conservation and development on Thursday at a candidate forum put on by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Some of the six candidates at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill insisted on dramatic changes, while others pushed to preserve the status quo.

Question: Do you favor keeping the current two commissioners seeking re-election — Rick Currie and Rich Piazza — or are you going to vote for change?