During election time, those of us who live outside of the city watch in hopes of seeing fresh leadership that will continue to improve and revitalize Sandpoint. Many of us tend to avoid the town because it seems so misguided. Visitors to the area just see a cute little town — and that it is. Locals, however, know about the streets that are barely functional, and businesses that are treated as an extension of local government to raise money to make up for poor budgeting and planning. The empty storefronts say, “This is not a business friendly town.” As beautiful as some of the artwork is, the amount of it shows misplaced priorities.
This summer it gave itself a black-eye when a town put convenience and the fears of a few over the Constitution in denying law abiding citizens their right to protect their families. Let’s not forget the current mayor who is ginning up division where none exists and calling anyone who disagrees with him an extremist.
Make Sandpoint a welcoming town to business and residents far and wide. Many of us in and out of city limits are throwing our support behind Ken Lawrence, Jacque Guinan and Shannon Mitchell because we believe they will work hard and have the vision to continue to make Sandpoint a welcoming town to all comers.