Election Night Recap

Last night, one hour before the Idaho polls closed, East Coast election results projected BIG Democratic wins. For example, Ohioans voted to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution. Also, in Kentucky, voters re-elected Democratic Governor Andy Beshear. Despite being a Red State governor, he succeeded running as an advocate for abortion rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and labor unions. While in Virginia, Democrats will win at least one additional seat in Tuesday’s competitive legislative races. This win secures Democratic control of both houses of the Virginia legislature. It also blocks Governor Glen Youngkin’s plans to implement his conservative agenda and affects his chances of running for President.

The question is could these favorable trends for Democrats be reflected in our Election Results? In a word, no. Unfortunately for us, the candidates on our ballots, save for respected City Councilman Dan English, are Republican. However, there are distinctions regarding the temperament and agenda of various Republican candidates. That means voters did have options between centrist and extreme candidates. Consequently, I went to bed with my fingers crossed that voters would choose wisely. I dreamed that they would preserve and protect our city councils and school boards from extremism.

I woke up this morning still hopeful and fortunately, Dan English and the moderate Republican candidates did prevail in the City Council and CDA School Board races. That’s a good sign and proof that more folks reject extremism.

All this speaks to the value of appealing to and turning out Democrat and Independent voters by speaking about share values and core moral issues like the right to choose one’s own health care. Let’s keep that lesson in mind as we head into the 2024 election year.

Check Out these Upcoming Events

On Saturday, November 11th, the Kootenai Democrats will conduct our Annual Food Drive at Ramsey Park. Drive through the south parking lot from 11 AM to 3 PM, to deposit food donations or make a cash contribution. The items collected go to the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Food Banks to make Thanksgiving brighter for those who are struggling.

On Tuesday November 14th, the US Attorney’s office for the State of Idaho will join the Bonner County Human Relations Task Force in Sandpoint for another “United Against Hate” symposium. The event takes place at The Heartwood Center from 2-3:30pm. Check in at 1:30pm. The public is invited to attend this free event. However, preregistration is required.

Vote Vibe Update

And finally, I want to fill you in on Vote Vibe, our recent voter registration event. This gathering was an intentional effort to reach young people. It was held at the Chamber of Commerce building and featured food and beverages, swag bags, a silent auction, and a live DJ. It got significant corporate sponsorship and was a great first effort to reach this important demographic. Unlike our opponents, who disenfranchise young people, we know that young voices matter and we seek to bring them into our fold. Consequently, there will be more Vote Vibe type events in 2024. My thanks to Alyssa Prochaska, Dan Studer, Paula Neils, Kati Mans, Birgid Nidienzu, Adam & Jess Bennet, and to Linda Coppess at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce for their help with this event.

Have a super week everyone.

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