His words: “I feel like I have some good things to contribute from my experience. I enjoy being part of the decision-making process and listening to people.”
His pitch: English said he isn’t running on any “burning issues” but does believe citizens need to feel their elected leaders are hearing their concerns. He thinks the city’s urban renewal district has done some “great things” and is far more of an asset than a deficit to the community. He also said he knows some urban renewal projects and the district’s management style have been controversial. “I definitely believe it has room for improvement, and some of that is probably communication with the public.” English said he would seek a balance between being fiscally prudent and ensuring quality city services, and he’s not opposed to the city accepting federal grants.
Notable experience: Executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Kootenai County. Kootenai County Clerk, 1995-2010; Coeur d’Alene City Council, 1993-95; Coeur d’Alene School Board, 1985-89. He also worked 22 years as a licensed counselor.