A recent Lewiston Trib article stated that Jim Chmelik is running for the same reasons he did in his first term:
Translation – Jim Chemlik supports privatization of public lands.
Is Jim Chmelik a Forestry expert? On the contrary, he is simply following his own personal agenda (AND THE OTHER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AGENDAS) for privatization of public lands, and supports Congressional approval for an ACRE FOR ACRE swap addressed in the SDEIS for Alternative F on the Lochsa Land Exchange.
In another article recently posted in the Idaho County Free Press, Chmelik said he spent more than 100 hours meeting with people regarding the land swap.
“I sat in coffee shops, bars, with people in their living rooms and I listened – and 85 percent of those people were not of the same mind as I am…”
Commissioner Jim Chmelik does have a moral obligation to SERVE THE TAXPAYERS OF IDAHO COUNTY. His job is to listen to what citizen concerns are and act appropriate in favor of those overwhelming concerns and issues. Not go out on a limb again 85% of the people and shove his own ideologies of privatization down our throats. What kind of a public servant listens and then goes against the will of the people???
In mid September 2012, Jim Chmelik accompanied Skip Brandt to Washington DC to rally Congress for approval of an acre for acre swap, along with Western Pacific Timber’s newly hired lobbyist – former Senator Larry Craig and Mark Rey, a former Forest Service Deputy Supervisor. That trip encountered expenses, in addition to the other trips made December 2011, August 2011, December 2010. Chmelik might stay with his parents in Maryland, but what about transportation, airplane tickets, food, other expenses. Are taxpayers funding those trips?
If the Congressional approval is won, Congress will move forward with swaps of thousands of acres of public land to private land developers, Western Pacific Timber.
Jim Rehder is opposed to the Lochsa Land Exchange and wants to protect our public lands. There are many other issues that you can review at http://JimRehder.IdahoCounty.net to determine your decision to vote for the right candidate that you feel best about. Jim Rehder truly cares about the people, their voice, and the importance of balance in the Idaho County Commission. Right now there is an imbalance, and its up to the CITIZENS of Idaho County. Cast your vote. Who you vote for is between you and your ballot. You need not succumb to peer or party pressure. Local politics has nothing to do with party politics.
Media quotes from Jim Chmelik.
On Idaho County’s budget
“In the short term, if we don’t get the (Secure Rural Schools) funds back on the table we’re dead in the water.” – June 2012 interview with the Lewiston Tribune
“Thank you to the Idaho delegation and your vote to protect American exceptionalism and the American dream.” – Chmelik, a month later, praising the Idaho Congressional Delegation for voting against a projected $7,680,945 Secure Rural Schools payment to Idaho County
“We need to set aside partisan politics and work together for our future generations.” – letter thanking Democrats, Nov. 1, 2005
“It is (the Democrats) very policies that have destroyed the pride and moral worth of the citizens within our communities.” – that same letter
“We need to set the example for our children and show we can work in a cooperative fashion.” – letter to the editor Sept. 2006
“Dr. Davis I would be more than happy to meet with you and offer my solutions to the challenges we … or have we become so divisive in our politics that working towards a common solution together is not possible?” – letter to the editor March 6, 2007
On the environment
“We have proven we can protect the environment and produce from our lands.” – letter to the editor earlier this year and published throughout the state
“However, radical environmental extremists are hell bent on curtailing economic activity and destroying the independent spirit that is the foundation of the American Dream.” – the next sentence in the very same letter.
Cast your vote for the candidate you feel represents your concerns as a citizen of Idaho County.
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