Many of you know me as the father of Ben, Matt, Kasey and Kaity or husband of Marie. Some people see me as an enthusiastic fan of NIC, Lake City and Coeur d’Alene High School athletics; others
a businessman...and a rather conservative one. Most people only hear bits and pieces about my life and don’t know the whole story. So, here’s more information about me, Steve Widmyer, the guy who wants to help guide the future of Coeur d’Alene for the next four years as your mayor.
THE EARLY YEARS: I moved to Coeur d’Alene at age two, in the fall of 1962, with my parents, Duane and Mary, and sister Kathy, settling in our new home at Second and Miller. My mother was a stay-at-home mom, while Dad worked at the Bunker Hill Company’s zinc smelter in Kellogg. I attended Roosevelt Elementary School and graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1978.
MEMORIES: I have many happy memories of growing up in Coeur d’Alene. Lazy days at City Beach; exploring the caves on Tubbs Hill; the Playland Pier carnival hiking the backcountry with my dad. It was the one-on-one times and the mid-day Snickers break that I remember most. Coeur d’Alene has, of course, evolved since the days of my youth, but I still catch glimpses of those memorable places and want to ensure that our kids will have the same opportunities to enjoy those similar “small town” experiences I had growing up here.
SCHOOL AND MY 1974 PINTO:
After high school, I enrolled at North Idaho Junior College (now called NIC) and earned my two year degree while working several jobs to cover the tuition. Then it was o to Moscow and the University of Idaho. Growing up in a blue collar household, attending college was a privilege, requiring sacrifices by my parents, for which I will always be grateful. After graduating with my Bachelors Degree in Accounting from U of I, I remember returning to Coeur d’Alene in my 1974 Ford Pinto and thousands of dollars in student loans, moving into my mom’s basement while I sought my first job. Good fortune soon smiled on me (and my mother I’m sure) and I was able to begin my career and move out on my own.
WORK: After years of working odd jobs in local restaurants and hotels, it was a pleasure to finally be working as a CPA in a business that I had trained for, starting as an assistant controller for Hagadone Hospitality. As the Hagadone family grew, so did my responsibilities and in 1986 I was named Financial Controller for the new Coeur d’Alene Resort. It was an awesome responsibility overseeing the accounting team, preparing financial reports,
controlling the Resort budget and serving on the Resort’s executive committee. It was a learning time in my life.
PROFESSIONAL TRANSITION: It was during this time that two other important events occurred. First, I met my wife, Marie, got married and started our family. Second, I began my interest in the real estate business, forming WSR Properties. These two developments would provide the new pathway and foundation for who I am today. WSR got my entrepreneurial juices flowing. Marie and I next took a giant leap of faith and purchased Marie’s Boutique in The Coeur d’Alene Resort from Marie O’Brien, which eventually led to the opening of Marmalade, our second women’s wear shop. At about the same time, I joined my friend, Michael D. Pasquale and opened Michael D’s Eatery in 1998, and shortly thereafter left the Hagadone Corporation. Eight years and thousands of omelets later, I had the opportunity to join several partners and reopened the historic Fort Ground Grill. In the meantime, WSR continued to grow, adding new properties to our portfolio and providing affordable housing for Coeur d’Alene’s growing population.
WIDMYER FOR MAYOR: Okay, that’s who I am and how I got to where I am today. And now, here are three top reasons to vote Widmyer for Mayor on November 5th. While many view Coeur d’Alene as a nice place to live and work, which we all agree it most certainly is, city government is first and foremost much like a large business. It generates income from taxes and other sources, and invests those funds to provide the services we all expect and most often enjoy. As candidate for mayor, I bring a degree in accounting and a strong business background to the position-based on my years of working in finance and budget control. Most citizens want fiscally responsible leaders and I am the only candidate in the Mayor’s race with that financial
expertise. Second, I understand what it takes to bring new businesses and good jobs to our community. Jobs Plus, Lake City Development Corporation and private businesses have provided the foundation to attract new jobs and industry to Coeur d’Alene; but they need a strong leader at the City as a partner with experience in creating and growing successful businesses. I see these entities as economic tools for Coeur d’Alene when competing with other cities and states to attract the same company. I can best represent Coeur d’Alene as the business friendly place to expand existing companies or relocate new businesses to benefit all. Finally, there’s an uncomfortable air of divisiveness in Coeur d’Alene. There are many of us who have lived here our entire lives, and there are those who have recently joined our community. We have citizens who seek new opportunities and others who oppose any change or progress. As our population continues to expand, we will require additional good jobs for our citizens and more services. We can’t afford a leader that is known for being purposefully divisive in the community, nor one that calls good hard working people of our community names. It is time for a calming voice, a negotiator willing to respectfully listen to all sides, who will then move forward in the best interest of the entire community. I believe I am the candidate to live up to that challenge.
There’s my story.
Coeur d’Alene is a very special place, and I want
to make sure it stays that way. I respectfully
request your vote on November 5th to give you
a voice in Coeur d’Alene’s future.
EducationMasters Degree in Business and
Bachelors Degree in Accounting
from the University of Idaho
Graduate, North Idaho College
Attended K-12 in the Coeur d’ Alene
WSR Properties 1986 to Present.
Co-owner and manager of
multifamily dwellings and
business properties in the
Coeur d’Alene area.
Maries Boutique and Marmalade
1995-Present. Co-owner with
wife Marie of these two clothing
boutiques in Coeur d’Alene.
Fort Ground Grill 2006-Present.
Owner and developer of this
historic restaurant in the Fort
Ground District of Coeur d’Alene.
Michael D’s Restaurant 1998-2007.
Co-owner and developer.
Eastern Washington University 1999-
2001. Assistant Athletic Director.
1983-1999. Controller for The
Coeur d’Alene Resort responsible
for nancial reporting, budget
control and all accounting
Current Member, Coeur d’Alene
Current Member, City of
Past Trustee, North Idaho College
Board of Directors
Past President, United Way of
Past President, North Idaho College