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Steve Adams announces Cd'A City Council bid

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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene small businessman Steve Adams announced his run for City Council on Monday.

The 45-year-old Allstate insurance agent and Lake City native said implementing a public vote on the proposed McEuen Field changes, and opposing city employee raises while supporting the police and fire public safety departments are his main campaign issues.

"I think the taxpaying citizens' view of the (current city administration) is a little disgruntled right now with the whole McEuen thing, the pay raises, and I think the budget is a little bloated," Adams said. "My short opinion of the mayor and council is they have a big government, progressive philosophy on running government. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just the way they are."

Adams ran for City Council for the first time in 2009. He lost to incumbent Woody McEvers by 361 votes, taking in 48 percent of the total.

"We gave him a run for his money," Adams said. "Now, I'm more educated, more organized, and better supported."

Before making the announcement at Bluegrass City Park Monday evening, Adams issued a press release and then spoke with The Press.

"We need balance on the council," he said in the release. "I am (a) staunch fiscal conservative who will be critical of unnecessary city spending and tax increases. I will stand for our neighborhoods not the downtown establishment."

The city is not proposing a tax increase for the 2012 fiscal year. It took a 1.5 percent increase for the current year.

Adams said he would look into reducing city department head wages by 10 percent each, giving 5 percent back to city coffers and 5 percent to the "rank and file" employees. He said he would implement this first for the police and fire departments, but consider it for all employees.

He said he would also be interested in exploring ways to do away with the city's collective bargaining groups.

"I would not have voted to accept those increases, but it's deeper than that because of the contracts," he said about the proposal to give 3 percent cost of living raises for city employees. "I think I would support going the way of Wisconsin and getting rid of any union representation for government employees."

He is running for seat 5 held by Jon Bruning.

Adams has a wife and three sons, ages 16, 7 and 4. He is a 1984 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High School and attended North Idaho College and the University of Idaho.

He is a Sunday school teacher and leads an annual ministry to the poor. He's on the city's parking commission and was elected the Republican committee chair for the 39th Precinct. He is the 4th Legislative District chairman and is also vice president of citizenship of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans.

He said he would exercise oversight of the city's urban renewal board, Lake City Development Corp., should he be elected.

"No more districts, no more loans, no more borrowing," he said of the agency.

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  • mister d posted at 6:13 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I am definitely not in favor of the decisions the current city council makes but I am leery of Adams when he talks about doing away with the collective bargaining groups. There are many reasons why collective bargaining is needed, look at most employees in Idaho working for wages that will not support their families and having to pursue second jobs. From everything I have studied, if it wasn't for "unions" we would still have the dangerous working conditions, super long hours, and horrible pay that existed earlier in this country. It's not the unions fault the 3 per cent raise was implemented, it was the individuals negotiating for the city that made the decision to accept this condition. Since it appears Adams is anti union, he will not get my vote.

  • posted at 3:17 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.


    HEE HEE HEE Like Bob said...."Times.....they are a-chanigin" HEE HEE HEE. So glad you are in Mr. small comment from me....much of the "downtown establishment" is thrilled your hat is in the ring....don't be fooled by the arrogance of the current council...that is a very small and tight group ( and uptight!) I KNOW that many of the downtown oldtimers can't wait to vote for you....this includes ME.

  • Randy Myers posted at 2:32 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    So far the best candidate for this seat. The fiscal accountability won't make Mr Adams very popular among current council members (except Ron E.).

  • crust123 posted at 12:33 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    crust123 Posts: 204

    He has my vote!! Now we need some more worthy candidates to take back control of our city

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