Jim Chmelik and Mark Frei, our incumbent commissioners, have done an outstanding job for Idaho County. Jim led the immediate response to the Highway 14 slide that recently isolated our community. Within 48 hours, he had identified an alternative route, negotiated with the USFS land manager and had a working bypass under way, while ITD watched paralyzed. Mind you, this is the same USFS land manager that he and the commission are standing toe-to-toe against as the USFS asserts “locking-up” measures against suction dredging, motorized travel on the forest, miner’s access to claims, etc.
Mark has taken the lead on trying to solve the solid waste issues that have been vexing most rural Idaho counties years before the presently seated commission took their turn, but now appears on the cusp of a long-term solution.
Principled conservative leadership that is foundational to the republican form of government under which our country was established, is anathema to a democrat party mentality that at both county and state level openly supports an avowed socialist for their president. So it is somewhat a surprise that Idaho County Democrats did not “openly” field any candidates to oppose Jim or Mark.
However, it does raise questions as to what the supporters that have “encouraged” Rusty Bennett and Denis Duman to “suddenly” decide now was the time to run as Republican candidates for county commission are up to. While it is laudable that they, or any, seek to serve in public office, it is interesting that neither appear to have been “actively” addressing county issues until they registered to run.
Denis has openly acknowledged that he would vote for a Democrat before he would vote for Jim Chmelik. Randy advocates “change” (as in “change” you can count on?). Idaho already has too many RINOs.