Why is Dan Running for Re-Election?

I recently announced my intent to run for re-election to the Coeur d'Alene City Council

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 the Director for several well-respected nonprofit organizations, each dedicated to the betterment of our community.  I am proud to be the original founder and former director of both Anchor House and North Idaho Youth for Christ. 

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 will continue to bring to the Coeur d’Alene city council.

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 re-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.