Sheriff candidate has white supremacist ties

SANDPOINT — An outspoken white supremacist who’s running for Bonner County sheriff contends his views on race will not color his approach to the office if elected.

Shaun Patrick Winkler is competing with incumbent Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry for the Republican nomination on May 15. The winner in the primary will face independent Rocky Jordan in the general election in November.

Winkler, 33, has links to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, and has been involved in high-profile, race-related protests in Kootenai County.

But Winkler said his motivation to run is not to advance a white supremacist agenda if he’s elected.

“Whether people will believe me or not, it will be entirely up to their own discretion,” said Winkler, a Hoodoo Valley resident.

Winkler admits his personal beliefs could cast a long shadow during the campaign. He also makes no apologies for those beliefs.

Winkler, who has not held political office in the past, said he was motivated to run because of the increasing federal reach into Bonner County. He also has hard-line stances when it comes to drugs and sex offenders.

Winkler contends not enough is being done to combat federal influence in the county or drug and sex offenses.

“I don’t look at myself as a vigilante; I look at myself as a concerned citizen,” said Winkler.

Read More News

After 65 years, siblings reunited

December 10, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Dispatcher, deputy help woman clear final hurdle in quest to find brother

Read More

Lack of lowered flags raises concerns

December 10, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The nymber of flags that were not at half-staff Wednesday in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day made Traci Brooks sick to her stomach."I feel embarrassed and...

Read More

Experts: More economic growth in region, U.S.

December 10, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d'ALENE — Uncertainty has spread with the election of Donald Trump, but economist John Mitchell doesn't believe that will slow the economy in 2017.That was a theme of...

Read More

‘Tots’ drive nears halfway point

December 10, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Did you know that more than 382,000 Idahoan residents — including a fair chunk of your friends and neighbors — volunteered last year?According to the recent “Volunteering...

Read More