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The Race For Kootenai County Sheriff Heats Up

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COEUR D'aLENE, Idaho - The race to become the next Kootenai County Sheriff is heating up.

     With the primary election a few months away, debates in Coeur d'Alene are already drawing many people's attention.

 The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans held its first debate today.

About 100 people showed up to ask the candidates questions.

      Three of the four republican candidates participated today, including, Bob Foster, the Code Enforcement Officer for Coeur d'Alene police.

     Major Ben Wolfinger from the Kootenai County Sheriff's department was also in attendance as well as Keith Hutcheson, the Kootenai County's fire commissioner.

     The hottest topic was the issue of a new jail, something voters denied twice in previous elections.

      Overcrowding is so bad, some inmates are housed outside the county lines, which costs nearly $900,000 a year.

     All candidates agreed something does need to be done, but not all agreed that it should come at the expense of taxpayers.

      A fourth candidate, republican John Green was not at the forum today.

     The Primary Election is scheduled for May, but there is a bill up for a vote in the state capitol that could push the Primary back to August.

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