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Mel Davis 2010 Candidate Questionnaire

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Mel Davis is a candidate for Bonner County Commissioner

River Journal questionnaire for 2010 election candidates

 

Candidate Name: Mel Davis

Position running for: County Commissioner

Incumbent? (Yes/No): No

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

 

  1. What special skills and/or experience do you have that enables you to do this job?

A life time(at least since 8 years old) of working with and serving the public. I was raised in a small business family. I spent 13 years in corporate America. I am a small business owner. I have two degrees in communication and the patience of being a mom and soccer coach. I am a fast learner and have spent countless hours at the library reading the Idaho code. I’ve also been attending County Commissioner meeting for 7-8 months so I am up to speed on the issues that affect our county.

2.      Do you believe that money impedes the political process? Please explain, and share any ideas you might have regarding any issues this raises.

Yes. It’s a rather uncomfortable task(as I’ve discovered) asking for contributions for a campaign. It is expensive endeavor to self finance. It has been helpful to my campaign that I know the software and can design all my own material.

  1. What specific actions would you take, if elected, to make government at your level more transparent to the voter?

An easier web site to navigate with in-depth information. Weekly emails to constituents  informing them of upcoming events and inviting input via email or the web site. I realize not everyone can or has the desire to attend public meetings. Those individuals still have opinions and those opinions are valuable input for county officials. We need to make it easier to communicate those opinions and ideas.

  1. Are there any positions taken by your affiliated political party that you would personally feel uncomfortable endorsing?

No. I am also not asked to sign a document attesting to this fact. So it is really up to me to distinguish whether I agree with all blanket policy statements. You can view the Idaho Democrats platform here.

  1. Can you explain how to balance the people’s need for services with their desire for lower taxes? Can you give specific examples of budgets you would cut or increase, and your reasons why? Please share any alternatives you may have to the current taxing situation. (For example, someone might prefer an income tax be repealed and replaced with a sales tax, or vice versa.)

I would ask what services would you like to exchange for lower or no taxes? I personally like education and roads and the police department. As far as examples of budget cuts, I won’t know until I get there. But I think the budget is always a matter of priority and will go through the budget with a fine tooth comb. We need to distinguish between wants and needs.

  1. Do you support removing the requirement of political affiliation (declaring as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc…) from any of our local elected positions, as Montana has done?

      Yes. Partisan politics on a local level is unnecessary. We could save money by avoiding a primary. It might also encourage well qualified candidates to run that have no political affiliation.

 

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