In January, February and March, Minnick spent 55 days in the communities of the First Congressional District, which stretches from Nevada to Canada. During that time he visited with voters in each of the District’s 19 counties. Moreover, during that time he also met with:
- mayors of Emmett, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Orofino, McCall, Kellogg and Sandpoint;
- public officials in Gem, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Valley, Ada, Owyhee, Canyon, Bonner and Boundary Counties;
- presidents of North Idaho College and Lewis-Clark State College;
- weekly and daily newspapers, radio stations and television stations around the District;
- council chairs of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Nez Perce Tribe;
- chambers of commerce in St. Maries, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Orofino, Wallace and Sandpoint;
- groups such as the Concerned Businesses of North Idaho and the Intermountain Forest Products Association;
- local union chapters and labor councils, including the Professional Firefighters of Idaho, the AFL-CIO, the Northwest Carpenters and the Idaho Association of Letter Carriers;
- conservation groups such as the Friends of Scotchman Peaks, the Rock Creek Alliance, Trout Unlimited and the Idaho Conservation League;
- and leaders and officials in each of the active local Democratic Party organizations in the First Congressional District.
“I learned a lot in the last three months,” Minnick said. “When I toured the Galena Mines in Kellogg I got to speak with folks who were dealing with tough economic conditions at home. I delivered meals to Meridian seniors who are struggling to make ends meet. And I met business owners in Orofino who are making a go of it despite the effects of this recession.
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