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Ron to Toby: I’m A Republican

Councilman Ron Edinger sent the following email to Huckleberries Online in response to an inquiry I made re: his political pedigree. I told him that his Coeur d'Alene City Council opponent, Toby Schindelbeck, had claimed in a campaign flier that he was a "registered Democrat" (not that there's anything wrong with that):

"Dave, thanks for bringing to my attention the fact that my opponent is attempting to insert partisan politics into this year’s Coeur d’Alene City Council election. This is simply a re-run of two years ago when the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans’ Club attempted unsuccessfully to insert partisan politics into the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls city elections, the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls school district elections and the Kootenai Health Board election. The voters in those recent elections overwhelming rejected this ill-fated attempt to undermine our long-standing support for non-partisan elections for cities, school boards and hospital boards in Idaho.

"Two years ago the fair-minded Republicans, Democrats and Independents joined forces to reject this ill-conceived plot to undermine this long-standing Idaho value.

"During my 60 years in Coeur d’Alene, I’ve always considered myself an independent thinker who voted for the person I considered the most able and qualified candidate for each office regardless of party affiliation.

"By the way, my wife Nancy and I are registered as Republicans permitting us the opportunity to vote in the primary for such common sense and highly qualified candidates as Idaho State Representative Luke Malek and Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh.

"I join the many Idaho voters who like myself are upset over this change in the state law that denies the non-affiliated voters the full right to participate in the primary of their choice.

"I have great faith in the voters of Coeur d’Alene that they will once again reject this attempt by my opponent to turn the contest into a partisan choice.

"I find it disappointing that my opponent, who recently moved to Coeur d’Alene, has such little knowledge, appreciation and respect for this long-held Idaho value of not interjecting partisanship into the city election."

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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