This morning Jim Brannon issued a press release stating he will not be a candidate for Coeur d’Alene mayor in 2013. Prior to the candidacy filing period, Brannon had stated his intention to run.
Brannon’s press release is gracious and statesmanlike.
Brannon’s election contest, filed after the 2009 election, resulted in the Idaho Supreme Court acknowledging that former Kootenai County Clerk Dan English and his Elections Department Chief Deedie Beard had been misinterpreting Idaho’s elections law for years and had been allowing persons who were not lawful residents of Coeur d’Alene to vote improperly in City elections under provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Until 2011, the Idaho legislature had not incorporated UOCAVA voting eligiblity into the municipal elections code. It took Starr Kelso to find that.
Brannon and Kelso will never get the credit and respect they are due, but thanks to their commitment and diligence, voters throughout Idaho have become more aware of the serious deficiencies in Idaho’s election law. Whether our feckless Secretary of State Ben Ysursa follows up with the legislature is beyond Jim Brannon’s control.
Well done, Jim!