Long time Republican politico and real estate baron Chuck Winder told the Daily Paper he will not be running for mayor. Winder ran in the last race for mayor and lost in a four way split that saw Bieter get over 50% of the vote.
That leaves Dave Bieter, Jim Tibbs, and newcomer long shot Mike Murphy at this point. Bieter is incumbent, Tibbs is a City Councilor, and Murphy is “networking.”
Murphy is running an internet “My Space” campaign at present and at this point the GUARDIAN isn’t taking him seriously, but we post his comments and enjoy the participation.
There are some local issues we would like to see debated including the fate of the urban renewal agency, use of public money to create growth and development via the Chamber of Commerce, opening the Depot to the public, construction and locating a new police building, and allowing citizens to vote on long term debt to name a few. Annexation reform and urban sprawl will of course be discussed as well.
One unsavory note in the upcoming City election. The City Council voted prior to the last election to require at least a majority of the votes to win an election. Neither Paula Forney nor David Eberle had a majority last time. Eberle handily won a runoff…now he has voted with the majority of the council to go back to the old rule and not have a runoff. He has told the GUARDIAN the runn-off elections are very expensive.
We agree and think it would perhaps be best to just allow the GUARDIAN to appoint Councilors and save even more!
To insure more advertising-free Boise Guardian news, please consider financial support.