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Democratic-Backed Candidates Hiding Their Support From the Party
The closer we get to the West Bonner County School District (WBCSD) elections, the less time we have to uncover who we should be voting for. Discerning whether candidates are honest is a good place to start. Hailey Scott and Lonnie Orr are two candidates running for zone 4 and zone 2 of the WBCSD. Given our need for honesty in our candidates, it is important to share the truth about who’s backing them.
Hailey Scott is endorsed and supported by the Bonner County Democrats. Yet, when she was asked if she was endorsed or supported by the Bonner County Republicans or the Bonner County Democrats at a Public Forum on October 26th, she claimed that neither supports or endorses her.
However, this solicitation that the Bonner County Democrats emailed to their supporters makes it clear who endorses her and who she gets support from. Ms. Scott’s campaign asked for money and volunteers through the Bonner County Democrats, over a month before she made this denial.
Lonnie Orr also claimed not to be endorsed by the Bonner County Democrats. However, he is on their voter guide, right next to Hailey Scott (even though they misspelled his name). It is unclear whether Lonnie Orr made his denial before or after this voter guide was posted.
As well as Hailey Scott and Lonnie Orr, Gary Suppiger (an LPOSD Zone 2 candidate) has also been less than straightforward about his affiliation with the Bonner County Democrats.
It seems that some candidates don’t want us to know who’s funding and supporting their candidacy. In contrast, other candidates such as Keith Rutledge (WBCSD Zone 4 candidate), Susan Brown (WBCSD Zone 2 candidate), and Jalon Peters (LPOSD Zone 2 candidate) have all publicly acknowledged their support from conservative groups.
To read more about Gary Suppiger’s misleading statements, click this link.
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