Results from yesterday’s local elections around the state saw Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and three incumbent city councilors re-elected; school bond and levy measures pass from the West Ada School District to the Bonneville School District in Idaho Falls; former Kootenai County Clerk Dan English…
It’s Election Day across Idaho today, with mayor and city council races on the ballot, along with some school levies and local ballot measures. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is facing a challenge from former Ada County Commissioner Judy Peavey-Derr and candidate Seth Holden, and Boiseans…
Dan English has more interest than most in the stand taken by Kentucky’s Kim Davis. Davis, of course, is the county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. English, as many of you know, was a multiterm county clerk in ruby-red Kootenai County until that “D” after his name caught up with him. English describes himself as a Christian and a Democrat, as Davis does. Unlike Davis, however, he would have no problem issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple. English told Huckleberries Online ( www.spokesman.com/ blogs/hbo) readers: “I would uphold my oath of office. If I couldn’t do that, my ethics and personal moral compass would require me to resign. I could respect someone who held that position but was also willing to pay the personal price to resign. Maybe they do things differently in Kentucky.” Bear in the ’hood
Coeur d’Alene School District Trustee Terri Seymour considered not running for a second term. She wanted to spend more time with her children. “It was tough at times when I wasn’t able to attend some of their sports activities because I had a board meeting that lasted for six hours after I’d be at work all day,” Seymour said.
Tom Hamilton, who led a conservative takeover of the Coeur d’Alene School Board four years ago, said Thursday he won’t seek a second term as school trustee. Hamilton, the director of quality for Ground Force Manufacturing in Post Falls, announced his intention at a midday meeting of the Reagan Republicans, a group that helped put him on the school board in 2011.
Coeur d’Alene schools have had a good run of public support for a local tax levy that increasingly funds essential needs as well as extras like sports and music. School board members find it tempting now to bump up the two-year levy request this year to fund pieces of a long wish list of items: updated instructional materials, more school nurses, better pay for substitute teachers, and additional teachers to ease classroom crowding, to name a few.