Unlike the Republican presidential race which is 15 months away, no one seems interested in running for office in the city of trees.
Dave Bieter is already calling around begging for campaign donations, grabbing air time during the recent soccer match promotion and not a single person has even offered so much as a hint of running against him.
Three council seats are up for grabs, but there is so little interest most folks–including the GUARDIAN–didn’t even realize we have a city election November 3.
Councilor Lauren McLean has served on the Boise City Council since January 2011 and we hear she is the lone candidate who has announced she will run for re-election.
Scot M. Ludwig is a local developer and lawyer who was appointed in the past year when Dave Eberle moved to Garden City. Even though he left town, Eberle still sits on the CCDC urban renewal board.
Elaine Clegg was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. With no opposition, she is likely to run again.
No doubt the incumbents will claim there is so much approval of their actions, no one has announced. The filing window at City Hall opens August 24 through September 4. If a candidate for public office runs unopposed, it is little different than sham elections in places with a single dictator or communist party.
Intellectually, we probably have one of the smarter councils on record. Now, if we could just get them some corrective lenses to improve their view of certain issues we could have “the most livable city in America” and not just be, “the most remote city of its size.”
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