After running in 2007 and 2009, Dan Gookin was elected to the Coeur d’Alene City Council in 2011, Seat 3. In 2015, he ran un-opposed for a second term.
Dan made two promises when first elected: to be a budget hawk and to ask the tough questions. He has succeeded on both fronts and is known for his insistence upon accountability, fiscal responsibility, and transparency.
As a councilman, Dan is who city residents turn to when they need help navigating the halls of government. His reputation is that he’s approachable, responding quickly to email and phone calls. He’s not afraid to stand up for citizens who feel their voice isn’t heard. He’s been praised for his insight, logical approach, and making sense of complex issues.
For his next term, Dan sets his priority to protecting established neighborhoods. He values the charm and character of Coeur d’Alene and will fight to preserve it. His desire to is plan for growth where infrastructure can handle the density while maintaining green spaces and providing for neighborhood compatibility.
He also wants to ensure that the new growth revenue coming from the downtown urban renewal district closure is spent wisely. Capital items and public safety personnel are his priority with a goal of planning now to eliminate future property tax increases.
Dan moved from Kootenai County to Coeur d’Alene in 2002. He lives in the Fort Ground neighborhood with two of his four sons. He is the creator of the For Dummies series of books and works out of his home as an author and online trainer.
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