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August 16, 2019

Candidacy Announcement

Coeur d’Alene, August 16, 2019 – Dan Gookin has made it official: He’s running for a third term on the Coeur d’Alene City Council.

“Two important issues face the citizens of Coeur d’Alene,” Gookin said. “The first is the Comprehensive Plan update, which I hope will support protecting established neighborhoods. The second is the termination of the Downtown/Lake urban renewal district.”

The city’s Comp Plan update was initiated this year, but Gookin voted No on including outside interests in the plan. “Unfortunately, the Mayor and Council approve having people other than Coeur d’Alene residents weigh in on our comp plan. I believe this move tilts the table in favor of developers and outside influencers who seek to maximize density.” Gookin voted No on a high-density apartment complex on Government Way for the same reason, saying, “This project will destroy the neighborhood.” The Council voted to move forward, 5 to 1.

The Coeur d’Alene urban renewal agency’s Downtown/Lake district is slated to expire in 2021. When it does, the City could see a revenue boost upwards of $3,000,000 annually. “I want to ensure that revenue goes back to the taxpayer,” Gookin insisted, “not to pad employee salaries or have City Hall go on a spending spree.”

Gookin views his role on the Council as supporting the citizens over the special interests. He voted No on increasing the downtown parking fees. He championed the Best Avenue food court and pushed the ordinance to make mobile vendors legal in the City. He’s voted No on ordinances that would limit citizens’ right to peaceably assemble.

A fiscal hawk, Gookin has never voted for a property tax increase. “I will continue to do so,” he said. “Items are always available to cut in the budget, and I routinely offer budget cuts. I’m pleased that last year my motion to trim $500,000 from the budget received a second and it passed. The result was a zero-percent property tax increase.”

He adds, “The City is in good shape. I’m pleased with many of our projects, including the Skate Park, Memorial Field restoration, and the upcoming Atlas Mill Site project. Still, I believe Council can be more responsive to the needs of average citizens. If re-elected, I will continue to represent people who feel ignored by the power players, I will continue to push for lower taxes, I will ask the tough questions and hold staff accountable.

“I would be honored to serve the people of Coeur d’Alene for another four years.”

Dan Gookin has been a resident of Coeur d’Alene since 2002, a County resident since 1993. He was first elected to Council in 2011. Dan is a self-employed author and online trainer. In 1991, he wrote the bestseller DOS For Dummies, which is the foundation for the entire For Dummies series.

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