City of Coeur d’Alene, Mayor – Candidate
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Joe Alfieri – City of Coeur d’Alene, Mayor – Candidate
- Tell us a little about yourself and your family. How long have you lived in the area? What is your occupation?I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, moved to California and lived there for 20 or so years, and then found North Idaho. I discovered the area when visiting my wife’s family in Bayview in 2008, just after we were married. Caroline’s mom’s side came out with Kit Carson, her dad’s side shortly after. In any event, we decided that we had to get out of the San Francisco Bay Area to escape the politics and to improve our lifestyle, and when we became empty nesters, we would relocate here. We moved here seven years ago, and found a home in Coeur d’ Alene, after living in Liberty Lake for a year in an apartment. I have two sons that remain in California, and of my three step-daughters, two live in the area. We have two grandchildren, and one more on the way. As for resume, the short version is that I’m retired, having spent the last several years in the employment industry, in sales. Much of my career has been in sales, and in graphic arts. I’ve also owned two businesses: an advertising agency in Emeryville, CA, and a ComputerLand store in New York City. When I opened that store in 1980, it was the first retail computer store in the city. There’s story about it on the Smithsonian website, though some of the information is inaccurate. I’ve written one novel, Kingfish Ascendant, an alternate history (available on Amazon), and numerous on-line news articles and done government/political research for on line services. In my free time, I paint and draw.
- Do you have experience as an elected official and if so what was your position? How would you describe your voting record?I have no professional experience here. I was elected to the St. Finbar Parish Council, in Brooklyn, NY, when I was 17. While in college (CUNY), I was elected to the student senate. I’ve held no other political offices. My voting record was liberal / democrat until the Reagan Revolution. Ronaldus Maximus converted me with his straight and sensible talk, and his answers to problems that had long troubled me. With a frequent dose of Rush Limbaugh, who I discovered when he was in Sacramento, the conversion was complete. My voting record has been straight Republican since that time, although I had to hold my nose on occasion and pull the lever for the lesser of two evils.
- Please tell us about your activity as a Republican. Have you previously vote for those of other parties? If so explain. I have been woefully neglect as an adult in actively supporting political parties. I handed out fliers for Bobby Kennedy when he ran for Senate in New York (I was 13), and shook his hand at a subway station. Though I’ve always had a passion for politics and history, my activity has been confined to debates at the kitchen table with family and guests– with one exception, that I will detail below. With family to raise, I was not involved in politics, in California. My recent re-awakening began with the tea party movement, and my wife and I attended a couple of rallies when that began. In 2006, Republican Congressman Richard Pombo, who represented the 11th Congressional district, largely Contra Costa County, was challenged by Jerry McNerney, Democrat. I was doing some writing for Patch, an on-line newspaper for the area, and political research and writing a blog for The Examiner. The local newspaper’s poll had Pombo ahead by 6 per cent, and the area was traditionally conservative. But on election night McNerney was ahead by a couple of hundred votes, and the margin was close enough for a recount. The recount took place at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland and I went as an observer, along with two others and an attorney from the RNC. We were kept a considerable distance from the ballot workers, though even from 15-20 feet away we could see obvious miss-matches on signatures. We protested, but to no avail, and McNerney stole the race. Thus began my introduction to election-stealing.
- Describe why you are running for this particular office. What are the qualifications and goals that you have? What is the purpose of government, in your own words? This answer will be expanded, when we determine if there are any offices that I qualify for, or if there are any that I feel I can make a positive contribution too. My desire to get into politics at the local level has several reasons. I have come to believe that North Idaho is the America that I always imagined, where people are civil and courteous, honor and respect their country, and come together in a crisis. Where laws are obeyed, streets are clean, and citizens go about their lives without undue interference from the state. This is Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill, made real. This must be preserved, for my children and grandchildren, and for all others.
- Describe the areas where you are or have been engaged in service to others. For example: organizations, clubs, churches, etc. Locally, I’ve been involved the CDA Chamber of Commerce, where I was chairman of the membership committee for a few years. During that time, I helped plan, organize and run the Chamber’s CoeurFEST event for two years. The chamber voted our sub-committee, which I led, committee of the year, in 2019. I also served on the Jobs Plus Action committee, part of the Coeur d’ Alene Economic Development Council.
- Do you describe yourself as Fiscally Conservative? If so how? Yes. The government should perform only those services which the citizens cannot do on their own, such as police, fire, roads, and the like. And they should tax accordingly, with a small margin for emergencies. However, I feel we should look to the private sector as often as possible, since private industry almost always operates more efficiently and economically than the state. I oppose the expansion of government on general principals, as bureaucracies, which are not driven by the check and balance of market forces, tend to be self-perpetuating. It’s in our best interest to keep government as small as possible.
- Do you consider yourself Socially Conservative? If so how? I am pro-life and pro-family. I believe in traditional American values, and I think it is essential that we return to teaching –in detail– American history in our schools, from an early age. American institutions have been indoctrinating our children with leftist ideas, from library program like transgender reading nights, to Muslim studies in grade schools. The lack of knowledge of American history is frightening, and the current cancel culture is accelerating because of an ill-informed population. We are in a cultural war that we must win, or lose our country, and freedom for the entire world will vanish.
- Which party platform best aligns with your positions on public policy (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Constitution Party) and where do you disagree with that Platform? Well, I think it’s obvious that I’m a Republican. But I’m a Trump Republican, not a Romney/McCain/ Bush go-along, get-along kumbaya variety. We’re in a fight for our lives, and we must realize that first, and all decisions should be informed by that. Having stated that, I will point out that I am not an argumentive person, but I am a debater. As someone who spent years in sales, I always try to understand what a person’s motivating factors are, so that I can satisfy that. Once I establish that, then we can get to the end result. As for platforms, without having done a deep dive into them (at this point), from publicly available information, I am diametrically opposed to the Democrat national platform of Green New Deals, student loan forgiveness, open borders, creating new states, nationalized health care, and expanded immigration.
- Do you have any history of tax liens, criminal record or conflict of interest which may affect your future decisions? No.
- Please describe how you will make yourself available to your constituents and vote as their Representative with fortitude, adhering to the values you have stated above ?Openness is the key to successful democracy, so I would make myself available in candidate forums, meet and greets, and other social events. I’d also have a social media presence, and maintain emails– and “snail-mail”— and seek to respond as quickly as possible to inquiries.