It looks like Judy Peavey-Derr, and even the Ada County Commission got a “NO” vote from Republicans–and perhaps some crossover Demos– in the Tuesday primary election.
Veteran politician and incumbent Peavey-Derr was ousted from her $84,000 job by a low profile political unknown by the name of Steven Kimball with a solid 55% to 45% vote.
Ada voters will now be treated to a real contest in November with a race between Kimball and former Commissioner Sharon Ullman who is running as an independent. She served a two year term, but has followed the commission and county business avidly since her departure.
Her past experience and political savvy will be an interesting match for Republican Kimball. Ullman has a good shot at the seat if she uses her intellect to overcome a reputation of being somewhat of a “loose cannon.”
Democrat Paul Woods, who currently works as the foothills land acquisition director for Boise City, will round out the November ballot. He has a reputation as being knowledgeable of issues and is a civil engineer by training. Working with foothills advocates, including many “northenders,” also puts Woods in a position to take a commission seat.
In a newspaper guest opinion, Kimball sounded like a “mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore” candidate. His message was simple:
“My campaign has been for a change from wasteful government to a government of common people to solve our problems, using common sense.”
Peavey-Derr, known almost universally as, “Judy,” has touted the benefits of a Chamber of Commerce sponsored plan called “Blueprint for Good Growth.” The Chamber recently brought community leaders and elected officials together in Sun Valley to hear speakers brought in from other areas. The local governments want to implement a joint plan for growth, but it has many stumbling blocks.
“The Blueprint for Good Growth is nothing more than a bureaucratic study to spend tax dollars. The “experts” don’t live here, they don’t vote here, they don’t pay property taxes here. That $824,500 could have been spent on an infrastructure improvement,” declared Kimball.
Judy has had a rough year beginning with a taxpayer-funded trip to Hawaii for a convention of county officials from around the country. Then she participated in a closed door meeting which prompted civil charges from the Idaho Attorney General. A judge agreed the meeting was illegal. Judy and the other Commishes have appealed the case to the Supreme Court. So far it has cost taxpayers about $30,000 in legal fees.
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