I don't normally write about these kinds of elections, but there is some very misleading information going around, in an attempt to vote out two of the three incumbents. I live in Bayview, where Summer and Winter sees great service from the highway district. This Summer, our local roads have been freshly chip sealed. Last Winter, the snow plows were right on the spot, so that commuters would not slip and slide on their way to work.
I'm afraid there is some demagoguery going on here that is political, rather than functional. When a voter receives a letter denouncing the incumbents for paying their help too much, like wages are too high in North Idaho? Another remark refers to the present commissioners having experience in the road maintenance business. Like that is a disadvantage? Perhaps our elected officials in the past have been elected without any qualifications, but I wouldn't count that as a plus. Suggesting that this equates a corrupted buddy system is a reach that doesn't hold water.
We all have received a letter from Larry Spencer urging us to vote against the incumbents. Larry is a good guy, but he is against virtually everything that is government. He has vociferously campaigned against the Kroc Center, Coeur d'Alene's local improvement district, is fighting with Kootenai County over planning & Zoning issues. He jumps into campaigns in districts that he doesn't live in to lend support to those that are like minded, politically, which is waaay to the right.
I urge those that are in our district to vote based on the service we get, not the results of a misleading letter sent at the last minute before election. One remark was made to me that a citizen is pissed because Bob Holland and customers take up all of the parking. Duh, Road Districts do not enforce parking laws, nor do they create them. The County Commissioners do that. Complain to the Sheriff if a vehicle is not moved for 24 hours, not the road maintenance people.
If anyone has evidence of corruption, they should take all the FACTS to the Kootenai County Prosecutor. Innuendos are not evidence, only shoddy campaigning.
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