Boise Citizens and the local mainstream media can all pat themselves on their collective backs over the voter turnout for the City Council election.
With 30% of city voters casting ballots, turnout was more than double the previous council race.
Jim Tibbs’ solid 10% victory over incumbent councilor Jerome Mapp should lead to some spirited discussions at Boise City Council meetings. Word on the street is Tibbs will be taking a shot at Dave Bieter’s mayor job in two years, but Tibbs remains mum for now.
Maryanne Jordan surprised us not with her win, but the huge margin of victory at 70% of the votes. Safe to say she got ALL the greenie and pro choice/ women’s votes along with even some men. Her organization and ability to attract special interest cash was unique in Boise council races.
Brandi Swindell didn’t really have a platform and she was perceived by some as the “revenge candidate” over the issue of moving the Ten Commandments monument from Julia Davis Park.
Vern Bisterfeldt may be the single biggest vote getter in recent city history. With that much horsepower (77%) behind him, he is likely to become more of a force on the council.
Challenger Mark Seeley used his campaign to call attention to the plight of the homeless, and in the process came across as a decent, intelligent citizen who would do well on a city board or commission. Don’t be surprised when Bisterfeldt makes the nomination if Seeley decides to serve.
What does the future bode for Boise? The single biggest issue we heard repeatedly from citizens at three candidate forums was they felt the City Council was not paying attention to what they needed, wanted, and said.
Tibbs has promised to listen, Bisterfeldt more often than not goes with the electorate, and Jordan may have gotten the message even though she had a stunning victory and will no doubt claim a mandate or at least “affirmation” for her past efforts and positions.
Finally, don’t forget one third of the councilors are now ex-cops.
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