Republican Jim Brannon has announced his re-election campaign for the position of Kootenai County Clerk.
“I am aware of the increasing tax burdens faced by the average citizen in Kootenai County. With multiple entities all taking a bigger bite out of your funds, it is imperative that we restrain growth of government by restricting it to the limited constitutional duties established in Idaho law. That is why the Clerk’s Budget has plummeted 17.7 percent in my tenure as Clerk,” said Brannon, in a news release.
“It has been an honor to serve all of the citizens of Kootenai County as Clerk for the past four years and I wish to continue to represent you. Significant tangible results have been realized by using my fiscally conservative viewpoint. I have a unique blend of skills and public experience that will continue to benefit the Kootenai County citizens. My departments will always be transparent, efficient and accurate.”
Brannon was born and raised in East St. Louis, Ill., and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He and his family relocated to Idaho in 1988, where Jim worked for more than 25 years in the financial services industry. He has been married to his wife, Christine, for nearly 30 years and they have one son, Adam, who currently resides in Spokane Valley with his wife, Alli.
Brannon said he has a long history with the Kootenai County Republican Party and supports the party platform. He has served as precinct committeeman and on the Board of Directors of the North Idaho Pachyderms and the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans.
The county clerk manages more than 90 employees across five diverse departments: Recorder, District Court Clerks, County Assistance, Elections and Auditor. These departments perform a variety of duties for Kootenai County taxpayers, from issuing passports and beverage licenses to aiding indigent citizens and conducting elections. The adopted Clerk budget is $7.237 million for fiscal year 2018.