White supremacist running for sheriff in panhandle
SANDPOINT | He has been an Aryan Nations member and Ku Klux Klan leader, and now Shaun Winkler wants to be the sheriff in a rural Idaho county near the Canadian border.
The white-power activist is running as a Republican in the May 15 Bonner County primary to become the top law enforcement officer. Mr. Winkler said despite the white supremacist beliefs he holds as a KKK imperial wizard, his brand of justice would be colorblind.
“In the event I was elected sheriff, I would not act on racial profiling,” Mr. Winkler said. “Being in the white power movement, I know how it feels to be profiled by law enforcement.”
Rather, Mr. Winkler is running on a platform that includes coming down hard on sex offenders and meth manufacturers and reducing the impact of federal law enforcement at the county level.
Cornel Rasor, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, doesn’t see much appeal to Mr. Winkler’s candidacy.
“The seven people that like him will vote for him,” Mr. Rasor said. “I don’t think he has a chance.”’