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Spotlight: Toby Schindelbeck

Toby Schindelbeck and friend from "Toby Schindelbeck for Coeur d'Alene City Council 2015" Facebook page.
Toby Schindelbeck and friend from "Toby Schindelbeck for Coeur d'Alene City Council 2015" Facebook page.

Here's SReporter Scott Maben's 4th of 5 capsule summaries of the candidates involved in the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. This one features Toby Schindelbeck, who is challenging long-time incumbent Ron Edinger for council seat No. 1:

Toby Schindelbeck

Age: 37

His words: “I’m a job creator. I’m well aware of what it takes to open a business and create jobs in an economy that’s not conducive to that.”

His pitch: Schindelbeck says the city needs to hire about 30 more police officers, for a total of 100. Instead of raising taxes, he supports eliminating the public art budget, limiting annual raises for city employees, and eliminating the city’s urban renewal district, which he calls taxation without representation. To spur economic development, Schindelbeck suggests the city look at waiving or deferring impact and developer fees, deferring property tax for a year, and streamlining the building permit process. To improve blighted areas, the city could freeze property taxes for 10 years on projects in those areas.

Notable experience: He moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2013 and opened NutriShop, a sports nutrition and weight loss store, on Government Way. Serves on the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee as a state committeeman. He said he’s not an ideologue and would work with other councilors to find middle ground.



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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