Lockwood Will Be The Leader We Need As Commissioner

November 02, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article.

Steve Lockwood is a leader, who is serious about the responsibility of listening, really listening. He knows that a deep understanding of key issues impacting you and I, as Bonner County residents, every day, can only be achieved by seeking the truth with due diligence. He knows that the best decisions in county government can only be made with complete, balanced information.

Steve is ready and committed to do the hard work on our behalf, by asking the right questions, and listening to the answers. Don’t be misled. True leadership is not loud, or simply funny, or overly critical. True leadership is courageous, diligent, responsible, and accountable. Steve Lockwood is that leader. Years of experience in public service have prepared him well for his role as our next Bonner County commissioner.

I look forward to a bright future for our county, and trust Steve as our advocate. Join me and our neighbors who insist on sound leadership on Nov. 6. Vote for Steve Lockwood, Bonner County commissioner.



Lockwood has the Integrity, Experience to be Commissioner

November 02, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article

I support Steve Lockwood for County Commissioner. Lockwood has far more integrity, experience, a strong record of public service and volunteerism when compared to his opponent. More than that, Steve knows how to build partnerships, relationships and bring people together to solve problems that we share in common. Steve is a skilled manager. He listens to people, to learn, to understand and to apply that new knowledge in a way that embraces everyone’s values.

We deserve a leader with integrity and a vision for success that goes beyond a balanced budget. Steve recognizes that our quality of life in Bonner County is our greatest asset. It is the foundation of our economy and the reason we choose to raise our families here. Steve knows that protecting our quality of life brings greater economic benefit to the region far into the future. His opponent favors selling it out for short-term gain and long-term consequences. Please join me and vote for Steve Lockwood, Bonner County commissioner.



Lockwood Would Speak Up For Those Downwind Of Smelter

November 02, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article

We are fortunate that Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad and the Sandpoint City Council responded in detail to the Washington Department of Ecology request for comments on the proposed silicon smelter. The mayor and council addressed the overall smelter project description, regional economic impact, air and water quality, transportation, noise, penalty structure, alternatives and so on, asking that Sandpoint and our region be included in the Scope of the Impact Statement. This is critical.

On the other hand, Commissioner Dan McDonald relies on Washington DOE officials who he said have a “comprehensive grasp on what they need to look at … This is obviously not their first rodeo,” McDonald said.

The smelter proposal is an important issue for all of Bonner County. I support Steve Lockwood for commissioner as Steve believes the county should be more involved and is asking the right questions on our behalf.



Steve Lockwood Cares About Citizens’ Concerns

I have known Steve since 2002 and have observed his calm demeanor and his logical consideration of the facts that will lead to the solution of a problem. This includes the future ramifications of actions that are taken to solve the problem. My intention has always been to vote for Steve. The written answers (presumably well thought out) given by Dan McDonald to the questions posed by the Bee make it clear that I have made a correct decision. A sample of what I am referring to follows.

Question 2. What unique qualifications would you bring to office that no one else could match? Mr. McDonald cites a number of county business items that he has accomplished. Aren’t there other board members? Did they have any input?

Question 3. What are the most important issues facing the community? Why? Mr. McDonald mentions the budget, solid waste and self-insurance. If I were to ask this question of a group of Bonner County citizens, I’m sure that these items would not be prominent in their answers nor would they be in mine.

Question 4. How do you plan to address these issues? Mr. McDonald answers that he will continue to show the same level of competent management and innovative solutions that have plagued Bonner County throughout its history. This speaks for itself.

Question 11. Is there anything the county can do to ensure fairness in tax assessment.? Mr. McDonald ends his answer with the following sentence: The county budget drives what folks pay in property taxes, assessments are just the percentage of property an owner owns that the levy is applied to. What form do I fill out so that only a percentage of my property is taxed? Do our taxes only support the county?

For someone who has been in office for two years, he does not seem to be well informed nor does he seem to care for the citizens actual concerns.



Lockwood is Clear Choice for Commissioner

After a careful consideration of research done in an effort to make an unbiased decision of who to support for a candidate for county commissioner, the clear choice, without a doubt, is Steve Lockwood. He is articulate, knowledgeable and has an agenda that best benefits the residents of Bonner County.

A colleague and I volunteered to place “Elect Lockwood” signs in legally appropriate locations in Sandpoint and surrounding areas and cities. One of these locations was on the street that is the main entrance to the Dover Bay community.

Within a few days, someone removed these two signs, and replaced them with signs for Dan McDonald (in exactly the same spots). This is not only a blatant act of theft, but in a more comprehensive sense, it represents a lack of ethics and principles of fairness. How can this be condoned?

IF some of those who support the McDonald campaign have abandoned sufficient ethics, fairness and honesty, as a means of avoiding such egregious acts, it is clear that electing an alternative candidate is now of critical importance.

If we indeed want honesty and a positive influence in Bonner County, Steve Lockwood is clearly the choice for county commissioner.



Lockwood has the Experience, Temperament for the Job

I am a Republican and have been for over 50 years. I normally vote the party line, but this year I have already voted for Steve Lockwood for county commissioner against Dan McDonald.

I think that Steve has the right experience and temperament to do a great job.

I know that a lot of Republicans will be voting for Steve and I am one of them, as well as a lot of my friends and several former Republican commissioners.

Please join us.



Steve Lockwood Would Work For Us, Not Himself

November 02, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article

I’m tired of bullies, and one of the biggest is Dan McDonald our Bonner County commissioner, so I’m voting for Steve Lockwood.

My dad, Dr. Syd Duncombe, wrote the book on county government and his tireless work with county commissioners is why the highest award a commissioner can win is named after him.

A good commissioner listens to all his constituents not just the ones that agree with him. McDonald, on the other hand, called “The Tribe” dirty and dishonest when they opposed a smelter he wanted. McDonald lied about Friends of Scotchman’s Peak Wilderness, claiming they were from out of state when in truth Sandy Compton is a third generation Clark Fork local who worked tirelessly for 12 years to create a compromise bill.

A good commissioner follows the law, especially constitution. When Dan McDonald promoted a resolution to ban refugees, especially Muslim refugees, from the county I pointed out that was unconstitutional for which he smiled and happily nodded yes. The county is being sued because Dan McDonald is accused of protecting a cousin who was falsifying time cards and then fired the whistleblower and promoting his cousin to his position.

A good commissioner puts the county over his own pocketbook and doesn’t force through a $10,000 raise for himself in the third poorest county in the state.

Steve Lockwood would give that money back to the taxpayers, listen to all the people of the county, and work for us not himself.



Lockwood Will Bring Needed Normalcy to Commission

October 31, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article

Integrity, professionalism and business like conduct. These words describe the necessary attributes of a county commissioner. These words were the hallmark of the previous county commissioners. However, Dan McDonald has replaced them with bully, braggart, falsifier and arrogance. County employees are cowering in fear of their jobs and he has bullied the other commissioners into lock-step submission.

Bill Harp’s “letter to the editor” was spot on. McDonald’s continuing braggadocio concerning his imaginary accomplishments, especially concerning the budget, border on the absurd. Mismanagement of the county airports diminished the capacity of the county to deal with long-term projects and the FAA. The Road Department budget has been significantly cut and yet McDonald claims it hasn’t affected those critical services. It has! Mismanagement and micromanagement are the rule of the day. Foot-in-mouth disease is rampant.

Dan’s comments about the tribe show his crude insensitivity to his surroundings. He claimed the recording of those remarks was doctored. It wasn’t! In addition, lawsuits against the county will continue to mount the longer McDonald runs his circus show. It is McDonald’s continual blaming of others for his problems that is most damning. I have been two years out of office yet Dan still blames “former county commissioners” for his budget and operational problems. That shows weakness of character and his inability to take responsibility for his own actions or in this case his poor decision making.

It is time to get rid of this aberration of a commissioner. It’s time to return the county government to normalcy. Steve Lockwood offers that normalcy. He is rational, experienced and measured in his approach to management. He is not an ideologue with a narrow view of what is good for the county. Steve will bring normalcy and pragmatism to bear as a commissioner. I urge all voters of both parties to vote for Steve Lockwood and bring an end to this reign of incompetency.


Priest River

Former Bonner County commissioner

Lockwood has Asked the Questions that Need to be Asked.

October 30, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee | Direct Link to Article

here are two projects in process, the Hi-Test silica smelter in Newport and the BNSF bridge over Lake Pend Oreille, that will potentially have enormous impact on our water and our air in Bonner County. Who can we rely on to protect Lake Pend Oreille? How are local concerns being addressed?

In the case of the bridge, BNSF held public meetings to take questions. The Bonner County Board of Commissioners declined to give input.

The the case of the smelter, a scoping process is underway. The Bonner County Board of Commissioners declined to give input.

What questions should the commissioners be asking? Steve Lockwood has asked them and that’s why I am voting for Lockwood for District 3 commissioner.