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No challengers for Auditorium District elections

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The Greater Boise Auditorium District won’t hold an election for two director seats on May 21st as previously scheduled. The reason? No challengers for either of the open seats.

The two seats only have a single candidate filed to run – both incumbents.

Jody Olson would have stood for election for the seat he applied for and was appointed to in January. Olson filled the seat formerly occupied by Steve Berch, who took a seat in the Idaho legislature.

Board chairman Jim Walker also faces no opposition to retain his seat. Walker first won election to the board in 2013 along with Berch. The two men unseated then-incumbents Stephanie Astorquia and Rob Perez in a six-way election contest.

Walker and Olson continue with Hy Kloc, Kristin Muchow and Peter Oliver on the board.

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The auditorium district is oft-talked about as a possible source of funding for a possible Boise Sports Park project downtown. At least four of the board members now have strong ties to incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

  • Kloc’s election campaign donated to Bieter in 2015.
  • Muchow unseated Judy Peavey-Derr two years ago with backing and contributions from Bieter (Peavey-Derr ran unsuccessfully for mayor four years ago).
  • Olson met privately with Bieter twice in recent months according to schedules obtained by BoiseDev via a public records request.
  • Walker is a Boise Firefighter and heads up the Boise Firefighters PAC, a top donor to Bieter’s campaign.

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