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Spotlight — Bruce MacNeil

This is the third of three capsules, compiled by SReporter Scott Maben, re: the race for Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 5. Today, Scott focuses on challenger Bruce MacNeil. The three way race features incumbent Steve Adams, former county clerk Dan English and MacNeil:

Bruce MacNeil

Age: 72

His words: “I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. … I understand bureaucracy, I understand government. … I want to pull people back together. I don’t want to keep pressing hot buttons. … I know lots of people in this community, young people who are trying to raise a family. And they do not need a divided community to work in. We need a community that is pulling together as a group.”

His pitch: MacNeil is running because he laments confrontations over issues like city finances and the role of urban renewal. “We are still terribly fragmented and untrusting in our community between various factions. We don’t communicate with each other.” He favors a focus on basic city services and said he’ll work to find broad-based community support to attract living-wage jobs.

Notable experience: MacNeil worked for Phelps Dodge Corp., a mining company, and for the U.S. Forest Service. He was among the residents advocating for preserving Person Field as a city park. He also worked on the city’s parks and recreation master plan and contributed to the Coeur d’Alene comprehensive plan.


Question: Do you have your mind made up in this race re: who will receive your vote?

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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