Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Forums feature city races

| October 3, 2021 1:00 AM

The Daily Bee is inviting candidates in contested city races to be a part of our 2021 Election forums. 

There will be two candidate forums for contested races. The first will be Tuesday, Oct. 5 for contested mayoral races and on Thursday, Oct. 7 for contested city council. Both forums begin at 6:30 p.m.

All forums are virtual. Viewers can watch them live on Zoom or on the Daily Bee Facebook page. The forums are an effort by the Daily Bee to provide voters more information before Election Day, Nov. 2. 

Candidates will answer questions developed by Daily Bee staff and the public on hot local topics. Suggested questions can be submitted to Caroline Lobsinger at

Recordings of the forums will be available in the political section of on the following day. The Daily Bee will also be covering each forum for the daily paper. 

Candidates should register today by emailing 

The Tuesday, Oct. 5, forum will feature candidates for contested mayor's races. In Priest River, candidates Timothy Simpkins and Kevin Wylie are running for the seat. In Dover, George Eskridge and Ryan Wells are running for the seat.

The Thursday, Oct. 7, forum will feature contested council races. In Kootenai, Robert Rutan and David Sundquist are running for Seat 1. In Dover, Kimberly Bledsoe, Merlin Glass, Amy Lizotte and Mark Sauter are running for the two open seats.

In Sandpoint, Joel Aispuro, Wayne Benner, Arthur Bistline, John Darling Jr., Justin Dick, Frytz Mor, Benjamin Omodt, and Justin Welker are running for three open seats. In Priest River, Billy Mullaley, Sean Schneider, and Candace Turner are running for the two open seats.

For more information on elections and polling, including a current list of candidates, go online to or contact the Bonner County Elections office, 1500 U.S. 2, Suite 124; or call 208-255-3631.

Voters must register by 5 p.m. Oct. 8 to participate in the November election. Virtual registration is available at 

Same-day registration and voting are available on Election Day at your polling place. If you aren't sure where your polling place is located, you can enter your address at to find out.

Candidates should contact the Daily Bee for a candidate questionnaire. Email or call 208-263-9534.