Gookin poised to announce mayoral bid

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COEUR d’ALENE — Dan Gookin appears to be ready to run for mayor.

The second-year city councilman sent a letter to media outlets stating he’s ready to announce his intention to vie for the mayor’s seat come November.

The letter didn’t say he will for sure run for mayor, only that he will announce whether he will or not.

So, would he call everyone out to the Third Street boat launch at 10 a.m. Friday to announce he’s not running? He told The Press today he didn’t want to “pre-announce his announcement.”

But, he added, “I will not be wasting your time. I wouldn’t do that. That would be a joke, but I don’t want to pre-announce this announcement.”

Gookin had strong words for the current administration favoring the McEuen Park project. In an interview today, he said the city “raided” funds, “inconvenienced” businesses with the project, and said the whole thing was “rammed through,” which was “arrogant and disrespectful.”

Choosing the boat launch as the site for his announcement is definitely a symbolic gesture, he said.

Should Gookin run, and lose, he would not have to surrender his city council seat because his term will not have expired by November. That’s according to the Association of Idaho Cities.

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