to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the voters of Idaho County:
The recent Primary election left many voters of both parties and non-affiliated
voters feeling disenfranchised due to the wrong headedness direction the
Republican Party chose to take in closing the primary at the same time
removing our cherished anonymity about how we vote.
Thankfully that notion of privacy about how we vote is at least
preserved for the general election. Couple that privacy with choice, voters
in Idaho County have the ability to cast their vote in more than a sham
county commission election.
I personally, have rarely voted a straight ticket and I suspect that
is true with most thinking voters. At least locally voters need to cast
aside party ideology and vote for the person not the party.
For that reason among others I urge all who voted for me in the primary
(and those who would have but didn't because of the lack of privacy) to
vote for Jim Rehder in the County Commission District 3 race. Jim's philosophy
and beliefs regarding county government are very similar to my own. He
believes that the commission is elected to serve the needs of all the county
citizens. He believes that no one person or even three can know, in and
of themselves, what is best for the county without engaging the citizens
in dialogue and problem solving. He believes that openness and transparency
are central to a functioning county government. And I can personally attest
to the fact that he will always listen and consider opposing views to his
own and if he disagrees he will not denigrate those he disagrees with.
And as a plus Jim has 6 years of prior experience often as the voice of
reason. One thing is for sure, we need to have balance in county government,
not ideology. We certainly do not have that at the present.
I'm voting for Jim Rehder and I hope you do also.
Steve Didier Sr.
To the Editor
Who is misleading the Citizens of Idaho County?
Interesting how some citizens of Idaho County can talk about honesty
and transparency, declare themselves a Republican, even run for election
as a Republican and then insist that "voters need to cast aside party (The
Republican) ideology (principles)" and vote for Democratic Candidates.
I would say that these folks are not being honest and transparent with
the public!! If one does not believe in the Republican platform,
then run as a candidate that supports the Obama/Democratic Platform, so
do not be deceitful. It is because of these deceitful actions
by disingenuous folks that we (the Republican Party) have found a need
to close our Primary Election. It is our attempt to have dedicated
Republicans picking the Republican principled candidate to run in the General
Election. So pay attention to the history of those endorsing Jim
Chmelik's Democratic opponent.
Chairman of Idaho County Republican Party
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