It hardly ranks near “Dancing With The Stars” or “American Idol,” but there is an import vote coming up in November–for Boise City offices.
Team Dave’s figurehead, Mayor Dave Bieter and four council seats are up for grabs. There is no primary for these city offices, but at seven months out we don’t see any candidates popping up. Haven’t even heard any rumors.
Of course, the incumbents will tell you they haven’t decided if they will run or not and they will also speculate there is no opposition because folks are so happy with the status quo.
No doubt about it, the job is time consuming and thankless–especially with the likes of the GUARDIAN sniping away every time a thoughtless decision is made. It does come with a fair amount of perks including a salary of about $22,000, state retirement and health care benefits.
Councilors whose terms expire include, Elaine Clegg, David Eberle, Alan Shealy, and Lauren McLean. Normally only three members are up for election at a time, but since McLean was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Vern Bisterfeldt in January, there are four seats up for grabs. Bieter has two elections under his belt and is likely to go for a third attempt. Interesting to note at least 50 people applied for the appointment to fill Bisterfeldt’s seat without election. Will any of them run if they have to pass muster with voters?
The GUARDIAN is urging everyone to contact potential candidates so they can begin fund raising efforts and get up to speed on issues as diverse as the “desire named street car” or the unbridled spending on advertising aimed at manipulating public opinion for the trolley folly or another ball park.
We will offer space on the site to any and all candidates open enough to share their views with readers. It would sure be fun to have a really young member, one or two NOT in lockstep with the others, and a few who will return phone calls like Vern always does.
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