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Over the coming weeks Bob Bingham will post questions and answers as well as musings on this webpage, so keep checking back. Bob cannot meet every voter, so this webpage will be a fireside chat of Q&A that helps voters understand more about the political leanings of Bob Bingham.  If you dislike Bob for his answers, at least you should respect that he is being up front with you.  Bob is not trying to be everything to everyone. 

I have a question 22Why are you running for office?   In a variety of ways, I’ve been very deeply involved in various aspects of our local political processes, from land use to budgeting, meeting with citizens, etc.  During these last 4 years, I’ve been on the citizen comment side of the table, it was time to see if voters Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Is Bob qualified to run for office?  In legal terms – yes, in prior community based activity in bringing diverse people together – yes, in handling multi-million dollar budgets, staff and leadership, – yes.   “However I’ve never before sought a political office nor Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Did Bob support the county manager initiative (Streamline), which would have taken away our right to vote for 4 other elected offices, put another layer of government between citizens and the BOCC?   No, in fact I fought actively against it.  Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22At the recent Athol forum, one of the other candidates running for District #3 expressed their support for expanding the BOCC from 3 commissioners to 5 commissioners, does Bob support this idea? No,  this is exactly how backroom deals Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What is Bob’s position on the need for a jail expansion? “While voting against the prior jail bonds (to costly and to fancy) I believe we need to expand our jail to accommodate the increases in inmates.  I’ve written two papers on the jail expansion outlining Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22What is your position on removing the 25′ no-touch area for lake front property owners?    “I fully support waterfront property owners being able to use and manage their property in a manner they desire.  They pay the taxes and they own it.  If the radical Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22Is it true that you asked the current County Commissioners to consider making the building code optional on rural residential properties 5 acre and larger?   Yes, that’s is true.  Bonner and Boundary counties have no building code process.  Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22What do you mean when you say “they killed grandpa?”  “I mean in our current codes they removed all but one single reference to anything being grandfathered.  In the latest version (the all-in-one code) there is no longer any reference to anything being grandfathered. Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22The rumor is you are confrontational, is that accurate?  “No, but I am very persistent when I take on an important task.  I am aware there is an establishment undercurrent working to keep me out.  When we (citizens) take on government showing them they Click Here to Read More ...

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I have a question 22What will Bob do if elected?  I’d like to answer this by beginning with another question, “Why Are Citizens Fed Up With Our Government?” (regardless of political party) I am one of those who is frustrated with my government at all levels; local, state, and Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What do you think makes you different from other commissioner candidates?  “Great question.  My track record demonstrates that I have already been hard at work for citizens. Where were the other candidates when issues like the ULUC, the messed up Comprehensive Plan, Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Do you believe other candidates should be asked to make pledges too?  ABSOLUTELY!   A candidate not willing to identify what they stand for or against (in reasonable terms) is a candidate who you cannot count on.  That said, some organizations will put Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22You are the founder and a director in NWPOA?  Yes & no.  My wife and I are the NWPOA founders.  However, after getting NWPOA off the ground and putting a full board into place, I resigned from the board in late March of 2014 to get some of my personal life back, which was Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What’s the story about NWPOA, why did you start it  “My wife Paige and I had sold our home and moved about 7 miles inside the county when a prior neighbor called me up to say our property rights were being taken away. After a couple hours of internet searching Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22NWPOA was labeled as “radical” by the prior BOCC, a couple of candidates in the last election and environmental organizations, can you explain?  “I love to by examining several key areas about NWPOA.”  Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22Are you being supported by any king maker, major developer, power click, or special interest?  No!  I am aware of the 5 or so-called king makers in our county, I’ve been introduced to a couple of them.  I assume they will be putting forth candidates based upon Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Do you think you will always know what citizens want?   “I want to make several points;

(a) no I don’t think I will always know what citizens want, but I have spent the last 4 years rubbing Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Is it true you do not have a PR firm or campaign manager?  “Yes, that is true–hence all the website content and linguistic errors–but I’m not opposed to other candidates hiring a manager, consultant or PR firm.  For me personally, I believe I’m running for office, so I Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Will you refuse any financial contributions or endorsements?  “If it comes with strings, represents something I deem offensive (like a racist organization) and I’m made aware of it, I’ll decline or if already deposited, we’ll send it back.  I am not seeking any endorsements Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What is your take on all the immigrants from California to North Idaho? In spirit of full disclosure, I am an immigrant from Washington state.  We moved here early in 2008, after visiting here several times in prior years.  One of the first things I heard from Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22What is the Proper Role of Government and Citizens?  (expressed in the words of people smarter than I)

Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem—Ronald ReaganClick Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Would you have voted for or against the Silverwood area development?  In spite of the false rumors being spread by those pushing for the radical environmentalist candidates, I have a 4-year very public track record that I built NWPOA on.  Click Here to Read More ...

 

I have a question 22The Bayview News just announced a shopping center (with Super 1 as an anchor) is going in on the north side of highway 54 just east of highway 95 and Howard Rd, do you support that development?   “I believe the subject property is not inside Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22At the recent Medimont and Athol forums, two of the other candidates running for District #3 expressed their support for “Smart Codes” does Bob support Smart Codes? No, No, No!!    Since the mid 80’s, I have been a certified member of code Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Of the six candidates, two are working very hard to get elected; calling every person with any influence, meeting with people of influence, putting up signs around the county and courting various groups.  How come Bob is not doing the same?  Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Of the four candidates in the district #2 and #3 BOCC races there is political mud slinging going on, but your supporters are not misbehaving, why?   I‘ve asked my supporters not to slam my opponents nor take down their yard signs.  If a candidate cannot manage their Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What is your opinion about forgone tax? Taxpayers should be up in arms about this slick-willy trick in Idaho Code.  Forgone tax allows taxing district commissioners (city and county leaders too) to dump a whole bunch of tax increases from ALL prior years Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What is the north Idaho water adjudication all about and should citizens be concerned?   Every rural property owner should be concerned.  Having a well does not mean you have a water right.  The organization I founded, (NWPOA) has taken the lead in this legal process by Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22What is Bob’s opinion of the “All-in-one code” and the process used?  I actually created the first all-in-one code document when we were fighting the ULUC which was 2x the size.  The county had a lot of problems with the website, it only displayed some of the ordinances and 4 or more had Click Here to Read More ...

I have a question 22Bob has preached for a good set of “health, safety and nuisance” ordinances for the last 3.5 years, what does he mean by that?  I have met with 1-2 thousand property owners in community based town halls and proposed to them that many of them are already breaking Click Here to Read More ...

  

 

Bob will answer more questions in the coming weeks, stay tuned!