Over the last few weeks, county commissioners in the Central District Health area have been receiving numerous emails over the potential confirmation of Dr. Ryan Cole.
Ada County Commissioners nominated Cole several weeks ago. Then, groups and citizens across Idaho expressed their views and opinions of Cole to the county commissioners in Valley, Elmore, and Boise County.
Elmore County was the last county to consider Cole, and the commissioners interviewed him today before voting. The votes before today had Dr. Cole with a 6-3 advantage.
Cole only needed one vote out of the three commissioners, and that “Yes” vote came from Commissioner Al Hofer.
Idaho Dispatch spoke with Cole after his confirmation today. Here is what he told us about being confirmed,
I am excited about the opportunity and humbled to be confirmed as a Central District Health Board member. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who took the time to speak with me during this process. I am here first and foremost for the community. It’s unfortunate that there has been some animosity toward me without some folks even getting to know me.
My goal is to serve the community, no matter what an individual’s political beliefs may be. I want to help our community and their wellness based on science and data.
I am always open to collegial and cordial conversations. We don’t have to agree on everything but we do have to hear each other.
I look forward to working with the other the CDH Board members and working with the counties to find solutions that will help each county individually and not a one-size-fits-all solution.
One of the primary groups to oppose Cole’s nomination was the Idaho 97%. The group set up an email campaign through their website for citizens to use to contact commissioners and encourage them not to vote for Cole’s confirmation.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to the group for comment, but they have not yet responded or posted a statement on social media at the time of this writing.
A different group, Health Freedom Idaho, encouraged its members to contact commissioners to support Cole and to confirm him to the CDH board.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Miste Gardner from HFI to get her reaction to Cole’s confirmation. Here is what Gardner sent us:
Congratulations to Dr. Cole for the appointment to the CDH board today.
The people of Idaho were incredibly diligent in communicating with their commissioners that they wanted the well-educated and sound reasoning of Dr. Cole. We believe this sends a message throughout Idaho that the people want input from multiple sources and they want multiple points of view on solutions to Covid-19, and not just what the bureaucrats and mainstream media want us to believe and do. The citizens were not happy with the previous recommendations made by Dr. Epperly and they are ready for a change.
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Tags: Al Hofer, Central District Health Board, Elmore County, Health Freedom Idaho, Idaho 97%, Miste Gardner, Ryan Cole