As predicted in a June 5 GUARDIAN POST Team Dave has found a candidate for the Ada County Highway District commission.
Long time city middle management employee and former Ada County Commish Paul Woods has announced he will run for the north Ada County District 3 seat held by John Franden, who is retiring. We know him to be a dedicated and competent person as well as a genuine “nice guy.” He is also a Northender sympathetic to Mayor Dave Bieter’s politics.
His chances of election are pretty good because he only has to be the top vote getter among a mere 20% of county voters. The GUARDIAN long opposed the fact 80% of citizens cannot vote for the commissioners who vote on 100% of the budget and policies of ACHD. Only those who live within the various districts can vote for a single commissioner.
“The citizens of north Ada County from Boise to Star have diverse transportation needs,” Woods said in a press release. “My candidacy is to be a commissioner who can work collaboratively to address the critical issues facing our roadways,” says Woods.
He is a registered professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University.
He worked as the city’s Foothills open space manager from 2002 to 2006 and its public works environmental division manager from 2009 to 2013. After he lost his bid for re-election to the Ada County Commission, he had a job waiting in the Bieter Administration at the city. He currently works in private practice as a consultant.
The ACHD Commission has five members who serve four-year terms. Commission seats are nonpartisan and do not appear on the primary ballot in May.
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