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Munn and Hinkle

TWIN FALLS • Only two candidates are running for Seat 2 on the Twin Falls City Council, but they bring vastly different backgrounds to the campaign.

A write-in candidate, Robert Hinkle, is running against retired police chief Jim Munn for a seat left open by Councilman David Johnson, who isn’t seeking re-election. The winner will be elected to a four-year term on the council, a job that pays $13,920 annually.

Robert Hinkle

Age: 22

Occupation: Cashier at Dollar Tree

Government experience: None. Currently a political science major at College of Southern Idaho.

Three reasons to vote for Hinkle

• Hinkle says he would pursue a measure similar to what Hailey put in place in 2010, which made misdemeanor marijuana use on private property a low police priority. He says marijuana use in a private home shouldn’t be prohibited.

• Hinkle says he’s in favor of rent relief to reduce rent prices in Twin Falls. He wants to put a program in place that would give a property tax break to landlords based on how much they cut rent prices.

• Hinkle says his background gives him an understanding of Twin Falls’ working class.

In his words: “I’m not middle class; I’m the working poor. I represent the working poor. There’s a lot more of us than Realtors or business owners.”

Jim Munn

Age 50

Occupation Retired Twin Falls police chief, currently works as a Realtor, private investigator and occasional investigator for Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy.

Government experience: Thirty-year career in Twin Falls Police Department, chief for the last five years.

Three reasons to vote for Munn

• Munn says he’d bring the same values needed by police officers, which include serving your entire community and being fair to everyone, regardless of their social standing.

• Munn says he is a fiscal conservative who believes in operating with a balanced budget and keeping a handle on fees and taxes.

• He says he’s a supporter of boosting small businesses and entrepreneurship in Twin Falls and wants further economic development.

In his words: “I’ve been a public servant since I was a teenager and I just thought I’m still young enough to where I could serve. I have enough time to do it now.”

Ben Botkin may be reached at 735-3238.

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