Just under two years ago the GUARDIAN ran a story about Jim Tibbs gearing up to run for City Council. We speculated he would be in position to run for mayor.
Our humility is awesome and everything the GUARDIAN predicted has come to pass right down to Tibbs defeating Jerome Mapp, Police Chief Mike Masterson in the employ of “Councilor Tibbs” (they are skiing buddies), and now we say he will run for mayor.
When the tulips begin to peek through the ground be ready for an announcement that will see Tibbs on the City election ballot when the leaves fall next November. We scooped the mainstream media by months last go around and figure it will happen again.
Tibbs, 59, has been making the rounds at the service club noon luncheons and neighborhood meetings a whole bunch more than his paltry councilor salary demands. We figure he is laying the groundwork for a run at Mayor Dave Bieter’s seat.
As the new guy, Tibbs currently sits on the end of the bench at council meetings and Bieter calls the plays. Tibbs, the Boise High and BSU grad is about to schedule a game with Bieter who counts Bishop Kelly and U of I as alma mater.
It should be a great contest. Both players are gentlemen and have a history of public service. Team Dave has worked hard on the public image of the coach, but our sources say Tibbs has the edge at speaking to groups and on TV and radio.
Like all the U.S. Senators running for president, Tibbs will keep his seat on the council if he loses. The added advantage if he moves from the end of the bench to the center is that as Mayor, Tibbs gets to appoint his replacement, with council approval.
We hear there is a pretty strong hint of what is up with Tibbs on Walt Baker’s Eye on Idaho show Sunday morning on KBCI TV 2.
Finally! Something interesting to watch at City Hall.
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