For seven years I’ve worked hard on the Coeur d’Alene City Council to represent all the citizens of Coeur d’Alene, Republican, Democratic, and Independent. It’s now my desire to focus my energy and abilities to serve all the citizens of Kootenai County as your next County Clerk.

Blog Posts and Videos



On August 30, 2018 — What to expect on my campaign blog. Read more...


Introduction Make the County Run
More Like the City
Cutting the City Budget

Recent Posts

Campaign Update Week 6

On Monday, Sep 24 — Yet another exciting week in my campaign as the election is just over a month away. Read more...

Mailers Going Out!

On Thursday, Sep 20 — Expect to see something in your mailbox soon. Read more...

Make the County Run Like the City

On Monday, Sep 17 — It's a popular question, one I get asked often. Here is my answer. Read more...

Campaign Update Week 7

On Monday, Sep 17 — The election is a distant star on the horizon, but it's moving closer. Read more...

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Campaign Issues

Non-Partisan. As a non-partisan, I promise to put the public first, not a political party boss or petty partisan issues. We need a Clerk who serves the entire County: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Open the Budget. My opponent denies read-only access to the County's budget software for other elected officials and department heads. The stumbling block he's created has slowed the process of government, requiring County employees to practically beg for access to their own financial data. This nonsense must stop.

Fiscal Oversight. The dysfunction between the current Clerk (my opponent) and Board of Commissioners has brought about financial chaos at the County. I plan to make it easy to follow your tax dollars, to obey State Code with regards to fiscal oversight, to cooperate well with other elected officials, and to treat the Clerk's staff with dignity and respect.

True Transparency. I've been a champion of government transparency on the Coeur d'Alene City Council and plan to bring my cause to the County. My opponent uses "transparency" as one of his positions, yet if you look at his own department's budget you see only two line items. Eight years ago, the Clerk's budget had a page full of line items! (See for yourself.) We must know how the public's money is spent. I plan on restoring full and honest transparency to the Clerk's office.

Free, Fair, and Accurate Elections. Two duties of the Clerk — elections and clerk of the court — are non-partisan by nature. As a non-partisan, I promise to represent the voter first, to provide accurate and timely election data, and to keep the election process free and fair.

Paid for by Dan Gookin Non-Partisan Clerk,
Dan Gookin Treasurer