A candidate for Coeur d'Alene City Council, seat 5, City of Coeur d'Alene in the 2019 Idaho General Election, Nov. 5
Party: No party
City: Coeur d'Alene
Occupation: Incumbent councilman, retired nonprofit board member and former Kootenai County clerk.
His words: "I take my time and look at different angles on the issues. I feel like I’ve got a whole lot of experience. … I've still got the desire, and energy and more time to focus. We’ve got a couple of projects that we’re in the middle of, that I certainly would like to keep working on."
His pitch: Coeur d'Alene's booming growth has led to several exciting development projects in town, English said, and he wants to stay on city government to help guide the returns on those investments. The city needs to continue to plan for the influx of retirees due to its national recognition as a top destination. A career working in nonprofits, criminal justice and in public service as the elected Kootenai County clerk have prepared English to continue serving a diverse cross-section of Coeur d'Alene's population.
Education: Graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School. Received a bacehlor's degree in criminal justice from San Jose State University in the mid-1970s. Received a master's degree in the mid-1980s from Gonzaga University.
Political experience: Kootenai County Clerk, 1995-2010; Coeur d’Alene City Council, 1993-95; Coeur d’Alene School Board, 1985-89.
Work experience: Worked for three decades as a licensed counselor. Former executive director of Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho and director of North Idaho College's Area Agency on Aging.
Family: Married to Cory English. Four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Neighborhood: Bluegrass Park
Early results from the Coeur d’Alene City Council elections show incumbents far ahead.
The incumbent said he wants to see several development projects through to completion, while the challengers argue the six-member panel is not representing the entirety of Coeur d’Alene on major issues nor involving them enough in the policy-making process.