The GUARDIAN story last week about the low interest Boise City election caused folks at City Hall to scramble–probably when we posted the blank “Candidate Profile” page from the Clerk’s site.
VISIT TODAY and the site is crammed with data from all the incumbents and only one challenger, Council candidate Steve Kimball.
If you don’t see the challengers, here’s a possible explanation from a candidate:
I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you in person, but I’ve had a real pleasure in reading the Boise Guardian and reading intelligent and compelling Commentary from your readers!
Two days ago Annette Mooney called from the City and said something about my “info and the city site”. The message was muffled and I’ve put calls into her for two days and each time I’ve called I get, “I’m sorry she’s in a meeting.” I left another message for her this morning and have not heard back as yet.
A want-to-be-informed voter called me about an hour after the City called the same day. The gentleman asked me about why we (the challengers) were not posted in the papers, the city site, etc.?
I told him that the city had just called and he concluded, “Well, that’s probably because of my call. I told them at the VERY least they should post all of the Candidate’s information for voters!!”
I agreed that it was a great idea. I went on to tell him that the (Challengers) have given their responses to the questions given to us by both the Statesman and Boise Weekly. (To credit BW they posted our info today!)
The Statesman held a phone interview with me on the 4th of October. I sent in the requested photo before the “deadline”, (I didn’t have a professional photo for press yet, and crawled out of bed sick to get one shot), as well as submit my responses. However, this past Monday we were in for another interview, (this time with the Editorial Board) and they said they didn’t have the information I had previously sent over. (?)
I cannot tell you how difficult it is to watch as this “election” progresses, (if that’s what you want to call it).
People who have lived here for 10, 15, 20 years do not know that if they live in Boise that they vote for the Mayoral race AND the three City Council Seats. These folks are asking me about the district boundaries, about where to vote and how and where to register. I even had a couple of people ask me if the City Election is this year.
I’ve also checked around the Post Offices and then made a call to USPS about why we don’t provide voter registration forms at our area Boise post offices. They let me know that the City of Boise is “phasing out providing voter information at the area post offices.” The rep continued, “…it says here you have to call the City.”
More and more doors are closing to the voting public. Less convenience means less informed and even fewer registered voters.
Please VOTERS; Get the word out! We need your voices, your vote! Know YOU can make a difference and YOU are invaluable to this community! YOU COUNT!
Thank you, Dave for the space for the race!
Redgie Kate Bigham
Candidate for Boise City Council
THE GUARDIAN HAS A POLICY OF NOT ENDORSING CANDIDATES OR ISSUES. WE OFFERED Ms. BIGHAM’S TALE AS A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES AND WELCOME OTHER VIEWS.
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