Apparently to former Ada Commishes Roger Simmons and Vern Bisterfeldt a day without Sharon Ullman is like a day without sunshine.
Both announced Friday their candidacy for seats on the Ada County Commission–which means they will serve with Ullman if elected. Simmons is after Rick Yzaguirre’s seat and Vern Bisterfeldt is challenging Commish chair Fred Tilman.
It’s an open secret that both Simmons and Bisterfeldt don’t particularly care for Ullman. They didn’t like former Commissioner Gary Glenn either. At one open meeting years ago Bisterfeldt called his fellow commsih, “butt breath.”
Bisterfeldt just got reelected to the Boise City Council and had previously served on the county commission until health problems caused him to resign. He was supposed to die and Simmons was instrumental in naming the Law Enforcement building on Barrister in Bisterfeldt’s honor. Bisterfeldt cheated death and when Boise annexed his home into the city he was so mad he ran for council and has been reelected twice.
Meanwhile, Ullman is making a token run at Butch Otter’s chair in the Governor’s office. She is realistic about her chances for victory, but plans to use the bully pulpit of candidacy to fight for county issues at the state level.
Now for the “whatifs.” If Bisterfeldt wins the commish race, that means Boise Mayor Dave Bieter will pick a replacement, thus eliminating even a semblance of opposition from the council. Then if Ullman pulls off a miracle and becomes Guv, SHE gets to name her own replacement and it would no doubt be a woman in the mold of Gary Glenn.
Look for a Boise-based political TV reality show to rival the juiciest soap opera.
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