Dan English for Coeur d'Alene City Council

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Why is Dan Running?

I recently announced my intent to run as a candidate for Coeur d’Alene City Council.  I am running for seat five, currently held by Steve Adams.

I believe in the election process and that the best elections are when the voters have clear choices and strong candidates.  I have a well documented lifetime of interest in and service to the city where I was born.  I have spent the majority of my life living and working in Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County.

I have had the good fortune to serve as Executive Director for several well-respected nonprofit organizations, each dedicated to the betterment of our community.  Most recently I was the director for North Idaho CASA and on June first I begin as the new director of Habitat for Humanity.  I am proud to be the original founder and former director of both Anchor House and North Idaho Youth for Christ.  I was also the Resident Manager for Twin Lakes Friends/Anthem Camp.

Additionally, I have served for over 20 years in elected positions:  as Kootenai County Clerk, and as a member of both the Coeur d’Alene School Board and Coeur d’Alene City Council. 

I feel it is imperative that we elect individuals who are able to show a history of positive accomplishments in our community even before taking public office.  Those we elect must represent a thoughtful and balanced point of view in their actions and in the decision-making process.  These are qualities I would bring to the Coeur d’Alene city council.

I have been distressed with the actions of some of our elected officials and their supporters who seem more intent on a political agenda than on community growth and progress. I am deeply troubled by Mr. Adams’s voting record in opposition to nearly every expenditure no matter the need or funding source.  Mr. Adams has a consistent, knee-jerk, anti-government ideology, and votes accordingly.  He would prefer the city turn down federal grants for necessary services such as public safety and infrastructure.  This would mean that the tax dollars we already pay stay in Washington or be sent to other communities.  Since these services are necessary, we would then have an increased local tax burden, in essence paying twice for no added value.  My approach would be to consider each issue on its merits and value to this community and not to judge from a pre-set ideology.  “Just say no” is no way to govern!

I believe in listening to and respecting the points of view of everyone without prejudgment before I make a decision.  I’m not embarrassed to clearly say I still believe that “compromise” is not a four letter word, especially in the world of politics.  I am very concerned about those who would cut off any persons or points of view that are not exactly aligned with whatever the extreme flavor-of-the-month might be.  This is not healthy for individuals and certainly not for our representative form of government.

In addition to my work experience, I am a proud graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School and North Idaho College.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University.  I have served as a sworn police officer for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and as a paid-call volunteer fireman for the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department.  I was an adjunct faculty member of LCSC in the justice studies and social work program and a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 20 years.

I look forward to continuing to serve this city and community.  I would be honored to be elected to serve on the City Council.  I have a long history of open communication and integrity in my dealings with co-workers, constituents, friends and neighbors.  I welcome the opportunity to discuss issues important to this great city in the upcoming months.