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New commissioners want restructuring vote

The two Republicans who won election to the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday appear to be philosophically aligned on at least two key issues facing the county. Dan Green and Jai Nelson both say that when they take office in January they’ll push for a ballot measure to restructure county government so daily operations are run by a hired administrator. They also both intend to hold the line on property taxes or decrease them by using money from reserve funds.

Land-use plan tops issues in District 2 race

Land-use planning has surfaced as the most acrimonious issue in the District 2 race for the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners. Jai Nelson and Chris Fillios are running against commission Chairman Elmer “Rick” Currie, who is seeking his fourth term. Fillios is taking his first stab at public office, but Nelson ran against Currie in the May 2008 primary.