With $1,000 payments from Barber Valley Development, Brighton Corp., Conger Development, Hawkins Companies and Republic Services, incumbent Boise Councilor TJ Thomson is the top money maker to date in the Nov. 7 city council race with $25,666.
Holli Woodings was in second place in the money game with $18,187. She also accepted $1,000 payments from Barber Development and Randy Harris of Harris Ranch.
Mayor Dave Bieter’s former law partner, Frank Walker, came in third with $1K payments from Republic, Barber, and Harris. He also took $1,000 from the Boise Fire Chief Officers. His total take as of the Oct. 10 filing deadline was $14,338.
Namoi Johnson raised $6,366, Lisa Sanches collected $5,900–mostly in $100 entries, and Logan Kimball raked in $3,440.
The rest of the candidates either showed “0” contributions or insignificant amounts.
Absent any professional polling, the GUARDIAN is predicting TJ Thomson has a lock on his council seat 4 as the incumbent. He has the developer community and a massive well oiled social media network.
Frank Walker could either benefit or suffer from his long time association with Mayor Dave Bieter, but with the developers and fire department brass on his side, he probably has the edge. Sanchez and Kimball will split the seat 2 vote which could help Walker, barring a change in the political winds.
Holli Woodings, former legislator and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State is well funded, and backed by the Dems. She has been the “heir apparent” for the seat being vacated by fellow dem Maryanne Jordan, who qualifies as either the “grande dame” or institutional memory of the city council. She has no serious opposition for seat 6.
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Logan Kimball offered up comments below.
The election season is definitely entering its final weeks and it has been interesting to read the various financial disclosures of candidates. It’s hard to deny that a better funded campaign allows more potential voters to be reached. While this may be true, there is still one other factor to consider: message.
Both of my opponents, Frank Walker and Lisa Sanchez, are in support of continuing to “build on the success” of the current City Council. They have gone on record to support spending millions on the downtown trolley and danced around the issue of public funding for the downtown stadium proposal. Their platforms are virtually identical and for this reason, I would say that it is Sanchez and Walker who are going to be splitting votes, not myself.
I’m extremely proud to oppose the downtown trolley and the publicly funded stadium 100%. I am an avid supporter of voter rights and believe the citizens of Boise should be allowed to vote on these issues. Both issues simply don’t benefit the hardworking taxpayers of the community. They reward the elite and private developers and pass risk onto citizens.
I’m running to bring change and common sense to the City Council and to give a voice to citizens who are all too often forgotten. I believe there is a ton the city can be doing better to advance our community in a better direction for everyone.
Spending $90,000 on a one block bike lane in front of City Hall, or remodeling City Hall for hundreds of thousands of dollars, or spending $900,000 to renovate the historic Castle house, does not demonstrate fiscal responsibility. It demonstrates leadership that has grown out of touch with the taxpayers of Boise.
I’m running to be an advocate for the people of Boise and to bring fiscal responsibility to the City Council. Please email me via my website with any questions or concerns at VoteLoganKimball.com.
I hope to have your vote on November 7th!
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