What's supposed to be a non-partisan race has turned into a display of party politics. The Coeur d'Alene School Board elections Tuesday are raising questions about the motivation of some candidates.
It's difficult to ignore the signs on the side of the road in Coeur d'Alene. Brent Regan lists himself as a Republican on his sign and his opponent Christa Hazel lists herself as a "common sense conservative." They are two campaign signs touting partisan politics for a non-partisan seat on the Coeur d'Alene School Board.
"For some people though, that is the only important thing is what party you're affiliated with," Hazel said.
"It's a matter of convenience, if you will, because people see that and they say 'Okay I know a little bit what he's about on his political side' that doesn't mean it's a partisan office," Regan said.
Both candidates say they can serve on the school board without politics getting in the way. However, both candidates are also backed by groups focused on party affiliation.
Regan is endorsed by "Reagan Republicans" whose mission statement on their website is "actively building the new conservative majority."