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Copeland, Hebert, McEvers address public votes

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The City Council debate for Seat No. 4, between Woody McEvers, Amber Copeland and Sharon Hebert, was arguably the most entertaining of the evening.

McEvers, the only incumbent running for council, got the crowd laughing right out of the gate when he was asked why he was qualified to run.

"I don't think anyone is qualified for this job," he said. "I have experience."

He said the reality is that people need to be positive and care about what they are doing.

"I think every person in this room is qualified for the job," Copeland said, adding she represents the under-represented community. "I am not your typical City Council candidate. I think I proved that last time. I believe I was referenced as the Saturday Night Live portion of the candidate forum."

Hebert said she is a concerned citizen and that qualifies her for the job. She cares about the city and believes that people have a right to a voice.

Candidates were also asked when it is appropriate to hold a public vote.

"That's a can of worms isn't it?" Copeland said. "A public vote is wildly unrealistic for everything that everyone doesn't agree on."

She said it would have to be a situational decision based on the circumstances for her.

Hebert said when it is an extraordinary project, such as McEuen Field, the public should be consulted.

"If it costs a lot of money it should be put to a bond, so the people can choose if they want to finance it," Hebert said.

McEvers said it's all about the bonding the way he understands the rules.

"As far as McEuen goes, extraordinary, necessary, how do we define that?" he said. "Come up with a good plan, let's spin it around, but right now that is the way it goes."

The candidates were asked to explain what criteria they would use to determine what constitutes extraordinary, and require a public vote.

McEvers said take McEuen, where people claim they weren't involved, even though the city held more than 100 meetings and set the money aside for the project in 1997.

"What makes it extraordinary? Is it the dollars?" he asked. "It would be tough to do a sewer treatment plant that way."

He said that project cost $32 million and that is pretty normal stuff for a councilman, but he said he is willing to talk about it if someone has a good way to determine that.

Copeland said there is no black and white answer to that problem. She said it isn't realistic to gauge public outcry as a true reflection of the community.

Hebert said when people have to give extra money to support the situation they ought to be consulted.

As for the Lake City Development Corp., both McEvers and Copeland felt it serves a purpose for economic development in the community, but Hebert said she would favor disbanding the urban renewal district.

"I don't think it should have any role. It may be legal, but I don't think it is right," she said, adding she would vote to disband it because it is not accountable to anybody.

The full debate was broadcast of Coeur d'Alene Cable Channel 19, and it will re-run on that channel periodically until the election on Nov. 5.

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  • LTRLTR posted at 8:13 am on Fri, Oct 4, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I believe the community is tired of Woody and his air-head comments that make no sense.

    Amber is refreshing and funny.

    Sharon is a no-nonsense type and is well aware that our leaders need to listen to those who elect them into office.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 6:37 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1490

    I kinda liked Amber Copeland last night, though I'm not sure where she stands on some issues because she never quite finished any of her answers. I don't think she was being evasive at all, just that the type of forum it was required quick (almost rehearsed?) answers due to time constraints. It was as if Copeland actually wants to think about what she says rather than give a memorized answer, and I like that.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 1:28 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    You are correct. Some of these people are fiscally conservative and want accountability yet they are so caught up in their own ideology to vote for the people that WILL give everyone a voice.

  • CDAforALL posted at 12:29 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    Follow the link for the videos. Watch and decide for yourself.

  • arius1 posted at 11:40 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    arius1 Posts: 966

    Tough choice here. Need to see Woody go bye-bye. As for the other two, wish there was a better choice. Amber does represent the average person out there, thats kind of refreshing.

  • SilverPlus posted at 8:55 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    SilverPlus Posts: 3

    Woody did his woody thing and you either like it or not. I found it pretty entertaining. On the other hand, Herbert came across pretty awkward and... a little angry. Not a great showing. I'm still not sure what to make of Amber.

  • Miketeague posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2626

    Hebert thought she was at a RR meeting, Woody as usual wasn’t sure where he was, Copeland gave realistic, independent and believable answers, and wiseguy thinks its sexist to disagree with his candidate. Glad we cleared that up.

  • Wiseguy posted at 8:04 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Wiseguy Posts: 77

    Heartstar25: What a hateful, sexist post. Leave your hatred of women and conservatives in you own bigoted mind so as not to embarrass yourself. Try respecting others for a change instead spewing your sexist negative stereotypes of those who merely disagree with your liberal agenda.

  • Heartstar25 posted at 7:51 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Heartstar25 Posts: 84

    Hebert spewed Reagan Republican programmed messages and apparently has no mind of her own.

  • oscar posted at 7:22 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1704

    I began watching the debate with Copeland as my choice and watching the debate solidified my belief. It will be nice to have an average citizen on the council. I think she will be a positive force.

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