We have sent out a list of questions to all of the candidates for City office asking their position on a number of human rights related issues. We have asked them to send us their responses by Oct. 25 so that we can post them on our website, and give voters a way to compare their positions. Please find the questions below, and the candidate responses by Oct 28, 2019.
The mission of the BCHRTF is to affirm the American principles and ideals of the inviolable dignity and worth of each human being. Who do you think experiences the most discrimination in our community? Is it discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status or disability (including mental illness)?
The BCHRTF was established in 1992 to confront the growing challenges of white supremacist organizations and activities in or around Bonner County. To what extent do you think that challenge exists today? Is this still a
challenge-- or should the TF say “mission accomplished?”
What do you think can be done to counter the reputation that North Idaho has, nationwide, as a haven for racists and white nationalists?
How does this reputation affect the lives of those of us who live here? How does this reputation affect our community’s ability to attract potential employees and visitors?
How important do you think it is to work toward making Sandpoint a community where everyone feels valued, everyone feels safe and everyone can thrive? Do you feel that has been achieved, and if not, what stands in the way? If you are elected, what is the first step you would take toward making the above vision a reality?