Candidates Forum

Candidates to take Panida stage for Oct. 28 forum

Candidates for public office in Bonner County and state Legislative Districts 1 and 2 will take the stage at the Panida Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 28, for a candidate’s forum where the public is invited to quiz the candidates.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There’s another feature about the forum that’s a first in Bonner County: The forum will be streamed on a live webcast right here on Sandpoint Online. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., anyone who can’t make it to the Panida can log on to the webcast on the Election Central page, to see and hear the forum. The online audience will be able to submit questions to candidates as they talk, using a chat feature. Online viewers will need a broadband connection for good results.

The forum is presented by Keokee, producer of, and Blue Sky Broadcasting’s KSPT 1400 Talk Radio. It will be moderated by Karl Dye of the Bonner County Economic Development Corp. Hosts are Bill Litsinger of KSPT’s The Voice, and Chris Bessler of Keokee.

The general election is one week later, on Nov. 4.

Candidates in contested county races – Bonner County Commissioner Districts 1 and 2 and Bonner County Sheriff – and both District 1 State Representative seats will make statements and take questions submitted by the audience, as well as answer questions submitted in advance at To submit a question in advance by e-mail, click to submit question.

Candidates in uncontested races, which include county prosecutor and District 1 state senator, as well as District 2 state legislature – which includes the southern portion of Bonner County – are invited to take the stage and give statements. But questions will focus on the contested local races.

Everyone is invited. For more information call 208-263-3573.

Candidates for all the following races are invited

Bonner County Commissioner District 1
Todd Crossett (D) vs Cornel Rasor (R)

Bonner County Commissioner District 2
Brian Orr (D) vs Joe Young (R)

Bonner County Sheriff
Larry Hanna (D) vs Daryl Wheeler (R)

Idaho Legislature District 1 – Representative, Position A
Eric Anderson (R) vs Steve Elgar (D)

Idaho Legislature District 1 – Representative, Position B
George Eskridge (R) vs Tom Hollingsworth (D)

Uncontested Bonner County Prosecutor; District 1 State Senate; Legislative District 2 candidates; and candidates for U.S. Congress and Senate are invitied and will be allocated time to speak, but will not take questions.