Here's what you need to know about incumbent Councilman Steve Adams in a nut shell. He's running for re-election against former county clerk Dan English and Bruce MacNeil:
POSITION: SEAT 5
His words: “With urban renewal, it employs the economic component of fascism with private-public partnerships, and we’re a capitalist nation. In my book, there’s no room for it. … If there’s a business that wants to come to town and they need infrastructure, then we go to a vote of the people for a bond to finance that.”
His pitch: Adams favors the City Council taking over the urban renewal board, shrinking it and possibly dissolving the agency, as he believes the state urban renewal law circumvents the Idaho constitution. He favors attracting business by reducing regulations such as permit fees and zoning, and maybe with a property tax freeze. Adams wants to cut property taxes, and he would like to repeal collective bargaining with city employees or negotiate wage freezes. He also wants to study how to reduce the number of fulltime city employees.
Notable experience: Adams is seeking his second term on the City Council. He is on the city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and the General Services Committee. In 2010-12 he served as Kootenai County Republican Central Committee precinct chairman, and as Republican Party District 4 chairman. He is owner and independent agent at Avalanche Insurance.