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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:32 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

COEUR d'ALENE - Kiki Miller, Noel Adam and Gary Herfurth, who are running for City Council seat No. 6, touched on a variety of issues, and they clearly differ on most of them.

They were asked by the Coeur Group, which sponsored a candidate forum at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Wednesday night, to explain when public votes are appropriate.

"I believe in the representative government we have," Miller said. "I believe that each person has elected their officials and they are charged with doing the due diligence to make those decisions for them."

Faced with a decision on something that would have "monumental impact on the community," Miller said she would not be opposed to a public vote as long as it was within the law. She said those cases would have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Adam said he would seek the public input if the matter involves a large amount of money. He said $5 million would be a good threshold to go by.

Herfurth said he would also support more public votes on the issues, and he would like to explore ways to deal with voter apathy to ensure good voter input in those cases.

"Anything that is really, really important, like $20 million or $15 million, people should have some kind of say in what is going on there," Herfurth said.

Candidates were asked if they support the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

Herfurth said he supports the ordinance, but thinks it needs to be carefully put together.

"We need to make sure we are honoring religious belief because they come into play too," he said

Adam said he is for total non-discrimination. He was part of the founding group of the Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations and helped to pass discrimination laws at the state level, but he said the city's new ordinance favors certain people.

"I would want to take a look at that and rescind it possibly," he said.

Miller doubted that Adam was around when the Aryan Nations bombed Coeur d'Alene in the 1980s.

"I was evacuated from a building I was working in because of an Aryan Nations backed bomb threat," she said, adding she would hate to see the community viewed as intolerant at the national level ever again.

When asked if they would vote to repeal it, Miller and Herfurth said no. Adam said he would.

When asked what the role of Lake City Development Corp. should be in the city, Miller took the first stab at it.

"I think that urban renewal is the only economic development tool we have," she said. "Until there is another option that comes along that a municipality has to help grow their town, its role should be to invest wisely with all of the citizen's input."

Herfurth said the LCDC has its place, but we need an entity that could look at the city as a whole - not just the downtown areas.

Adam said he is concerned that LCDC hires lobbyists, at taxpayer expense, to keep themselves viable.

"I find that somewhat offensive as a taxpayer," he said. "There is purpose for (LCDC), but at the same time it needs more monitoring and oversight."

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

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  • CDAforALL posted at 1:42 am on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 239

    But there will be. There will be because Mike can't leave anything alone. While he wants to continuously point out Brent's misgivings, he provides his own. While he obsesses over the RR group, he shows his own true colors. There will be a changing of the guard because people are sick of this council, Brent, and people like Mike. Keep on pointing it out Mike. Keep on sounding crazier and crazier. I'm all for your descent into the same name calling and behavior as those you rally against.

    While this is only a small slice of what people will see while deciding on their votes, I welcome those that make comments that sound crazed, deranged, and vengeful in favor of their party.

    You do yourself no favors. Polarization is the last resort in earning votes.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 1:11 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    You are so caught up in your OWN ideology about OTHERS ideology. This is why there is never a changing of the guard in CdA.

  • CDAforALL posted at 12:30 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 239
    Follow the link for the videos. Watch and decide for yourself.

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

    Jullee Posts: 539

    If you vote for Miller, you might as well keep the brown nosers we already have. I thought we wanted someone that would represent all, not just the elite in the high rises. Miller has the same mentality as the council that has we don't have.
    Yes, I am sure that all "their" improvements will be nice. But was it worth the price ?
    (With the 4X4th street mess exempted.)

  • arius1 posted at 11:14 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    arius1 Posts: 690

    I agree with wiseguy on this one. Kiki is more of the same council we have now. I am looking for candidates that are not going to give us more of the same line of bs. I don't know any of the candidates, but so far Noel Adams has my vote.

  • Miketeague posted at 9:24 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2012

    Who are you kidding? Of course “they won’t say” would you admit to being a puppet? Just watch the noses grow.

  • Wiseguy posted at 9:01 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Wiseguy Posts: 72

    Mr. Teague,

    You have delusionally turned the Reagan Republicans into some kind masterful Svengali turning elected officials into puppets on a string. Anyone observant watcher of local politics know that is pure fantasy. Sure RRs are great at getting endorsees elected but once elected, RR very rarely exert any influence on decisions of these elected officials. Just ask the officials endorsed by RR the last time that Reagan Republicans try to influence policy. Most will say never.

  • Miketeague posted at 8:42 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2012

    Wiseguy wants to distract everyone from the fact that Adams is under the thumb and directions of the RR. If you listened to the answers given and overall knowledge of the area and needs of the community you’re left with little choice. Miller was clearly on top.

  • Wiseguy posted at 7:58 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Wiseguy Posts: 72

    Kiki Miller is the handpicked successor to the current council majority. She will be another "go along, get along" politican like Woody McEvers. Endorsed by Deanna Goodlander and liberal BNI she may be a good cheerleader for LCDC, denying public votes on major special interest downtown projects, and towing the party line but it simply mean more of the same. Noel Adams has been a community leader in Couer d'Alene for decades (despite Miller's offensive quip about Aryans) and will definitely put the people of Coeur d'Alene first over some self interested downtown big-wigs.

  • Heartstar25 posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Heartstar25 Posts: 50

    Hands down Miller is the one to vote for here. She was solid in her answers and knowledge. The other two... Not so much.

  • oscar posted at 7:31 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1031

    I am not sure how I will vote but I liked most of he answers Miller gave. She seemed the most qualified and a candidate that would try her best for CDA.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:26 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    "I believe in the representative government we have," Miller said. "I believe that each person has elected their officials and they are charged with doing the due diligence to make those decisions for them."

    "they are charged with doing the due diligence to make those decisions for them."

    Them who?

    The majority of taxpaying citizens, the stakeholders, the in crowd or the personal ideals of the person elected?

  • CHSdad posted at 6:28 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    CHSdad Posts: 369

    I agree that Filios came across well, Evans less so, but the worse candidate of the lot? You must have slept through the Miller, Adam, Herfurth section. That involved a two way race for that accolade, with one runaway winner.

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