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5 Years Ago: Brannon’s Lawsuit

So what were we talking about 5 years ago today? We were discussing developments in Jim Brannon's lawsuit to overturn his 5-vote City Council election loss to then Councilman Mike Kennedy:

"Bill McCrory and his wife, Elizabeth, filed a motion to intervene in Jim Brannon's lawsuit against Mike Kennedy this week. In a long motion, filled with many of the original complaints from Brannon's suit, the McCrorys argue that there interest as registered voters in the case were denied when Judge Benjamin Simpson eliminated all the original defendants (including City Clerk Susan Weathers, Mayor Sandi Bloem, and all the City Council members) but incumbent Mike Kennedy, who defeated Brannon by 5 votes in November, 3165 to 3160. As a result, the McCrorys state in their motion made by attorney, Starr Kelso, the lawsuit now focuses only on the election involving the seat held by Kennedy. They want the judge to declare the entire 2009 municipal election null and void. Also, the McCrorys argue that they shouldn't have to post a bond because Plaintiff Jim Brannon is already required to post a $5000 bond to pay witnesses' and officials' costs in the matter."

Question: I have wondered more than once ... if Jim Brannon had been successful in his lawsuit involving the 2009 City Council election, would he be county clerk today?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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