We hate to dis any of the candidates for Boise City Council, but this race may set a record for non-interest of voters and the media.
We have said it before, but the chances of anyone beating an incumbent are slim to none and the one seat being vacated by Jim Tibbs is pretty much filled by TJ Thomson. The former Obama organizer has done a great job of getting endorsements from every democrat in town, the mayor, and most, if not all of the council. We predict “TJ” will be as much of a recognized trademark as “Vern.”
The campaign season lasts less than two months so feel free to put some of these folks on the hot seat with specific position questions. We can assume that ALL are for “smart growth” of some sort, clean air, family, neighborhoods, jobs, some sort of public transit, police and fire departments, and playing nice with other local government.
We need to know how they stand on:
–Allowing citizens to vote on long term debt
–Dave Bieter’s trolley folly
–Spending city taxes on AMTRAK
–Boise Fire Dept. ambulance plans
–Annexation without approval of those being annexed
–Police and/or fire commission of citizens like airport, parks, library boards
–Several HUNDRED “take home cars” funded by taxpayers for city workers (mostly coppers).
–Land speculation by the city
–”Economic development” expenses to lure more people to Boise
–Relationship with the special interest lobbying group at Chamber of Commerce
–Number and duties of city PAID LOBBYISTS who try to influence lawmakers
–CCDC urban renewal agency
Here is how the race stacks up for the November election in Boise:
City Council Seat 2
–Vernon L. Bisterfeldt: incumbent first elected in 2001, retired Boise copper and Commish
–Daniel L. Dunham: Realtor and mortgage broker
–David Honey, interesting bald guy
City Council Seat 4
(The seat is held by Jim Tibbs, who is not seeking re-election.)
–Leland “Lee” J. Lay: excavation contractor
–David S. Litster a Micron guy
–Steven B. Siebers: test technician for Quality Logic
–TJ Thomson: certified internal auditor for Idaho Power
City Council Seat 6
–Maryanne Jordan: incumbent, current City Council president first elected in 2003
–Lucas Baumbach: manager of Big Red Painting.
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