Tuesday’s local election results sent a strong message from voters: NOBODY REALLY CARES!
Turnout for Boise was 17% of registered voters–just about what all the experts had predicted. Throughout the Valley incumbents were returned to office and the only close call was the defeat of the Canyon County Jail bond which fell about 8% short of the 2/3 super majority.
Boise council newcomer T.J. Thomson got a landslide with less than 10% of the potential vote over David Litster who pretty much made the “Trolley Folly” a single issue campaign. For those who think that vote was any sort of endorsement of the street car proposal, take a look at the calls to the mayor’s hotline published each week in the GUARDIAN. Thomson told us he favors a vote on the street car proposal, but added, “or broad public input.”
Thomson was endorsed by most of the city council, but has told the GUARDIAN he is NOT a liberal and will consider any votes he makes on the merits of the proposal. We plan to hold him to that statement.
In Garden City 244 voters turned out, but it didn’t make any difference because NONE of the races were contested.
At the risk of being accused of a quantum leap in irony, we have to ponder how many “warriors” of the Idaho National Guard and their loved ones didn’t vote in local elections, but risk their lives so the people of Iraq and Afghanistan will have a democratic government.
FROM POET PAUL:
The election is over at last
Campaign promises a thing of the past
It will remain to be seen
What they really mean
Will they actually do what we ask?
ANOTHER FROM POET PAUL
Today’s words are taking aim
At people who should be ashamed
You gripe and complain
But the facts remain
If you didn’t vote you’re to blame!
Boise ELECTION RESULTS.
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