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Worked Behind The Scenes, Cda Mayor Says Incumbent Faces Tough, Well-Financed Opponent In Steve Judy

(From For the Record, November 6, 1997:) Donations: Members of Concerned Businesses of North Idaho donated money to Steve Judy’s campaign for mayor of Coeur d’Alene and endorsed him for the office. A story in Tuesday’s newspaper incorrectly implied the organization itself donated to the campaign.

Mayor Al Hassell is more concerned with making things happen than he is with bragging, he said at a candidates forum Friday.

So people may not always be aware of what’s being accomplished in the city government. “We’ve been very busy behind the scenes,” Hassell said.

That includes millions of dollars in street reconstruction, quietly buying right of way for future street expansion, and paying attention to keeping taxes low and police, fire and other essential services humming, he said.

Hassell was speaking at a forum for mayoral and City Council candidates sponsored by the Democratic Social Club on Friday. His opponent, Steve Judy, did not attend.

Five of the six City Council candidates were on hand. Nancy Sue Wallace was in Boise.

During the forum, Hassell was asked to address the No. 1 criticism leveled at him. The mayor said he supposed it was his low-key demeanor.

“I am more quiet,” he said. “I look at myself as a facilitator.

“There are lots of things I couldn’t have accomplished if I was out there beating a drum.” It’s more useful to bring people together and help them find their own solution, he said.

Hassell also said his record speaks for itself. “Four years ago, I ran on a platform of government getting back to the basics,” he said. “Government should only do for people what they can’t do for themselves.”

Hassell owns a small financial and insurance services firm with partner Judy Anderson. If he wins Tuesday, he will only be the second individual in the history of Coeur d’Alene to win two terms as mayor.

But he faces tough, well-financed opposition. Judy, a 28-year-old political newcomer, had collected nearly $6,000 in campaign contributions by Oct. 19. A fair amount of his money comes from Concerned Businesses of North Idaho, where Judy was executive director for nearly two years.

He insists he has no more allegiance to his former employer than any other constituent.

Hassell, meanwhile, has raised just $430. He prefers this style of campaigning, he said.

“It might be quiet as compared to some campaigns, but I’m not a politician either,” Hassell said.

“I’ve proved what I can do,” he added. “It’s up to the voters to decide.”

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