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The assassination attempt against congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., hit home for Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy. While going toward the St. Pius X Catholic Church altar to receive Communion last Sunday, Mike was approached by a troubled woman. She tossed four pages of handwritten ramblings in the pew behind Mike and said “those are for you.”
Kootenai County, already among the most conservative regions of the country, is about to lose its sole surviving Democratic elected county official. Longtime Kootenai County Clerk Dan English was defeated 60 percent to 40 percent by Cliff Hayes, the former Post Falls police chief. English had been Kootenai County’s clerk for 15 years.
The race for a four-year term as county coroner pits the 26-year chief deputy coroner against a six-year deputy coroner, who has worked on a contract basis.
In early returns Tuesday night in the race for Kootenai County coroner, voters appeared to be selecting a deputy coroner who was endorsed by her boss in the Republican primary. Debbie Wilkey was holding a solid lead in a three-way race that also included former police Chief Tom Cronin and medical doctor Douglas Stafford.