With the addition of Rick Just, the race for Ada County Highway District seat 5 just got easier to win.
Just will oppose incumbent Sara Baker, and longtime politico Mike Tracy. Since the five commissioners are elected only by residents of their respective districts, that means only 20% of registered voters qualify to vote for any candidate. To win seat 5 all it takes is 34% of 20% of the voters! In essence, one could be elected with 7% of the total votes cast in the ACHD election.
The GUARDIAN has asked all three candidates about their view on having county-wide votes with commissioners living within specific districts. Baker favors such a plan and claims she once supported the idea for Boise City Council as well. Rick Just is all for it and Tracy said he would “be open to considering the idea.” Perhaps we can have a voice for the other 80% of the people who spend our tax dollars at ACHD.
Just ran for another seat two years ago, but has since moved and will now oppose baker. Just favors choice in transportation and supports driving, walking, biking, and transit. In the past he also favored horses.
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