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Kootenai County Clerk

The Candidates

Jim Brannon

Coeur d’Alene
County clerk

Education: Earned bachelor’s in communication from Southern Illinois University.

Political Experience: Clerk since 2013 and previous Republican Party precinct committeeman.

Work experience: Worked in financial services as an investment broker, insurance agent and trust officer; previously worked as producer and director in television and radio; executive director of North Idaho Habitat for Humanity, 2006-09.

Family: Married. Has one son.


Dan Gookin

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Valhalla High School in San Diego in 1978 and earned a communications degree from the University of California San Diego in 1983.

Political experience: Coeur d’Alene City councilman since 2011. Ran unsuccessfully for Kootenai County clerk in 2018.

Work experience: Gookin is a writer who has written more than 165 book on technology and computers. He is also the creator of the “For Dummies” series which began with “DOS for Dummies.” Has been teaching online learning classes through LinkedIn for the last five years. Served as artistic director at the Lake City Playhouse from 1997 to 2002.

Family: Divorced. Has four children.



Complete Coverage

Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to unseat the sitting Republican clerk, Jim Brannon.