Just over a year ago Bonner County voted almost 2 to 1 to elect Branden Durst as the Republican nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction for the entire State of Idaho. If you consider that the liberal precincts in Sandpoint had much higher vote totals for his opponent Debbie Critchfield than the rest of the county, it’s likely that Branden’s margin of victory in West Bonner County was even greater than 2:1.
Given those facts, it strikes me as funny that the small cadre of last year’s Critchfield supporters in West Bonner County could bring themselves to believe that the community wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled to have a man that was overwhelmingly thought to be best qualified to be the Superintendent for the whole State of Idaho to come and dedicate himself to a much-needed turnaround of one of Bonner County’s school districts.
That seems way out of touch with the community that the Critchfield supporters claim to represent, or just plain unsympathetic to the actual values of Bonner County (and especially the western half of it), or maybe both.
In any case, like most of the district probably feels given their votes for Mr. Durst last year, I am very thankful that he has decided to dedicate his time and skillset to help us put West Bonner County school district on track towards a much more successful future for the families in the district.