Not only were there no fireworks at Wednesday’s Boise City Council candidate forum, there were hardly any sparklers or firecrackers. Incumbents were all singing from the same choir book and even the challengers joined in at times.
One of the few substantive topics was the proposed fire department and park bonds. All but two candidates were in favor.
Bill Jarocki, who is trying to unseat TJ Thomson, and Paul Fortin, who is challenging Marryanne Jordan were against the fire bond and Jarocki opposed both bonds.
Of the challengers, only Tyler Smith, who opposes Ben Quintana, had been to a council meeting in the past year and that was to oppose the panhandling ordinance recently passed.
As we see it, the election will be centered around the question of putting the city in debt for 20 years to the tune of $51,000,000. Detroit’s fiscal trouble was cited in one question posed to the candidates and only Jarocki seized on it as reason, in part, to oppose bond debt.
Finally, the only glimmer of hope for a real contest will be between Jarocki and Thomson. Thomson is beholding to the firefighters union, well organized and Jarocki cites his experience as a lobbyist and player in municipal organizations like Association of Idaho Cities.
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