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Banducci seeks NIC trustee Seat B

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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Todd Banducci says he will bring a fiscally conservative voice to North Idaho College governance, if he's elected to serve on the college's board of trustees.

Banducci, 49, is challenging incumbent Mic Armon for trustee Seat B in the Nov. 6 election.

"You've got kids and parents and adults who are paying money and giving their time and resources to go to the college," Banducci said. "We need to be ensuring that they're getting out of it what they're putting into it, and we have to have respect for everyone footing the bill."

Banducci graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1981. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the United States Air Force Academy and a master's degree in space operations from the USAF Institute of Technology. He entered the Air Force Academy after high school, serving four years as a cadet and 10 years as an officer, rising to the rank of captain before leaving active duty to enter the reserves where he was promoted to major.

Banducci returned to Coeur d'Alene in 1996, where he started Falcon Investments and Insurance, Inc., a business he remains president of today.

In his profession, Banducci said he provides options for people who are making major financial decisions, and said he takes his fiduciary responsibility very seriously.

"Integrity and trust. I went to the Air Force Academy. I believe in that," Banducci said. "I'm not owned by anybody. I have no hidden agendas behind my decision to seek election. It's about trying to do the right thing for the community."

If elected, Banducci said he will take a hard look at NIC's budget. He stipulates that recent years' property tax increases have been too high.

"We've got to be more responsive to the community than they have been previously. There's a balance you have to strike," Banducci said.

Banducci says that while in the military, he created and managed multi-million dollar projects, so he understands the budgeting process and how important it is to communicate with all departments to maximize resources and stretch available dollars.

He said, if elected, he will seek creative ways to financially support the growth of the college without raising taxes.

Banducci said he will also look at whether NIC's policies and procedures match its mission.

"Is that a mission that's in step with the community at large, and not just with a small handful of people? I want to make sure it's reflective of the entire community," Banducci said.

The college also needs to work on operating with more transparency, Banducci said. If elected, he's committed, he said, to improving student and public access to information and public accountability documentation.

"We've got a heck of a resource down there, and as recently published, it has a tremendous impact on the area. I think we can increase that and improve on it," Banducci said.

He has served as president of the Stonehenge Homeowners Association, and is a member of Gideons International, a hunter safety instructor and active in the Republican party.

Banducci has been a youth sports coach, involved in Coeur d'Alene Recreation Department programs, was an assistant wrestling coach at Lake City High School and said he started the basketball program at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy. At Charter, he helped raise funds to start the program and was the inaugural coach.

"I'm a small business owner, a veteran, a husband, a father, grandfather and a man of faith," Banducci said. "I've got passion and energy. I'm still gung-ho. A new set of eyes brings a fresh approach, new ideas. I think there are some things we've done well at NIC, but we can do better."

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  • Candor posted at 10:01 am on Mon, Oct 22, 2012.

    Candor Posts: 35

    We have a simple choice in this NIC Trustee election. We can vote for the Ron Nilson, Paul Matthews, Todd Banducci, the three candidates endorsed by the Reagan Republicans and supported by almost every Republican group and leader in the county. Or you can support Meyers, Armon and Haagenson who are endorsed by the Kootenai County Democratic Party and virtually every Democrat activist.

    Nilson, Matthews ande Banducci support reigning in tax increases, increasing graduation rates, and increasing focus on the college serving the needs of community and preparing students for work and citizenship. The incumbents Meyers and Armon (with their hand-picked successor, Haagenson) will continue the policies that have seen your NIC taxes increase by 73%, your tax rate skyrocket by 116% but result in less than 13% of the students graduating on time and only 21% graduating in 3 years.
    Vote for change at NIC, Vote Republican, Vote Matthews, Banducci and Nilson.

  • Cody Wiench posted at 11:39 am on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 355

    Yet he mentions nothing about his stance of Gay marriage. What about the important issues?!?!?!1
    What's sad is that this is probably a valid question for the idiots of this county.

  • lone wolf posted at 9:33 am on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 246

    Christie Wood, current NIC board member said it best recently; "…we have candidates running that I believe have a do harm agenda all in a quest for power, and to promote their ideology… The questions Mic (Armon) was asked by the RR’s absolutely startle me. They asked about his support in ending tenure of our long-time instructors in order to control the curriculum and then only teach American curriculum.”

    The Reagan Republicans plan is to drastically change our local education to fit only their ideology.

    Please be aware that the NIC candidates backed by the Reagan Republicans, with the same agenda, for the college are Todd Banducci, Paul Matthews and Ron Nilson. They have already demonstrated a lack of public input interest by not showing up to a community forum to debate their positions and goals for the college should they get elected.

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