Council president McLean to challenge Bieter for mayor’s seat

Lauren McLean

Boise City Council President Lauren McLean just filed with the Boise City Clerk to run for mayor.

She joins four-term incumbent Dave Bieter, Matt Kilburn and Adriel Martinez in the race.

“Too many folks are feeling priced out, talked over, left out or forgotten, and that should worry us all,” McLean said in a statement. “They want their leaders to be transparent, set aside old grudges, and get serious about bold action to make every Boisean’s life better. That’s why I’m running.”

Bieter first appointed McLean to a council seat vacated by Vern Bisterfeldt in early 2011. She stood for election and won in 2011 and 2015. Prior to her council service, she sat on Boise’s Planning & Zoning Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and helped spearhead the 2001 Boise foothills levy vote.

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According to her 2018 year-end campaign filing, McLean entered the year with $16,434 in her campaign account. She took in no itemized contributions during the year. The remainder of her cash on hand primarily came from donations left over from the 2015 election cycle.

If elected, she would serve as the first woman to win election to the post. Carolyn Terteling-Payne won appointment to the spot to fill out the term of former Mayor Brent Coles, who resigned his post in 2003.

McLean’s term on the council expires this year. Her announcement means at least two of the three city council seats up for election will have new faces as 2020 begins. Scot Ludwig announced earlier this year he would not run for another term.

Elaine Clegg sits in the third council seat up for election and has not yet made an announcement.

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