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Coeur d'Alene City Council, seat 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Dan Gookin 854 64.02%
Michael Pereira 480 35.98%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

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.



Michael Pereira

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Education: Graduated from Lake City High School in 1996 and North Idaho College in 1998. Earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho in 2001.

Work experience: Currently an environmental risk officer for Umpqua Bank. Previously was a minority owner of Allwest Testing and Engineering and worked for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality as well as Terracon.

Political experience: Ran for state Senate last year. Serves on Coeur d’Alene’s Design Review Commission

Family: Married. Has four children.

Complete Coverage

Incumbents, Christie Wood win seats on Coeur d’Alene City Council

Early results from the Coeur d’Alene City Council elections show incumbents far ahead.

CdA council incumbent Gookin says he demands answers, while challenger Pereira says he’s ineffective

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin says it’s his job to push for transparency. “I am the councilman who asks the tough questions,” he said. “I believe in transparency. I believe I represent the common people. My goal for my next term is we need to preserve the character and charm of the city.”