Real estate broker Mike Hon is running for a seat on Meridian City Council. Hon describes himself in his flyer as a “true common-sense conservative.”
If elected, Hon says he plans to keep Meridian a safe area for families, handle growth adequately, promote transparency, and protect private property. He is running against incumbent Luke Cavener and Scott Garbarino.
Hon, an associate broker at Home River Reality, is a newcomer to politics. Hon says he was inspired to run because of what he views as ‘insanity’ in the current political atmosphere.
“I didn’t think I was going to stay when I moved here but fell in love with the place and enjoy everything that this area has to offer,” Hon said during an interview with BoiseDev. “And I just don’t want this area to turn into a Seattle, or Portland, or even a Denver. So at this point, I have decided to step forward and take a shot at being on city council.”
Ordinance 18- 1791
When it comes to keeping Meridian a safe place for families, Hon takes issue with Ordinance 18- 1791, an anti-discrimination ordinance based on sexual orientation and gender identity passed three years ago.
“The Meridian City Council on September 2018 approved an ordinance that allows biological males to utilize women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms, and public facilities where our daughters and wives are most vulnerable,” he said. “And I scratch my head on why they did that, but in seat six Mr. Cavener, he voted yes on that. And his website said that he (wants) to promote a family-safe environment, and it’s like, well, those two things don’t flush.”
Growth, transparency, & property
Hon says he wants to bring ‘common sense’ to growth. Specifically, he wants to find new solutions to deal with parking and traffic.
“I live in Meridian, it’s getting really, really busy. Traffic sucks,” he said. “So there’s got to be a reason why that’s happening. Somebody is not applying common sense to the growth challenges. I hope to bring that, with my business sense, and my real estate background, into some of the growth issues that we’re running up against.”
He is also big on listening to the public and being more transparent. Hon thinks the taxpayers should know where their money is being spent.
“(I) want to make sure that Meridian is spending our taxpayer money where it matters not on frivolous programs,” he said. “And then we want to make sure that the goings-on in Meridian are transparent.”
Another priority for Hon, if elected, protecting private property.
“Being a property owner, I want to make sure that we’re not getting stepped on by an overreaching government,” he said.
BoiseDev will profile each candidate for Boise City Council, Garden City City Council and Meridian City Council as they announce they are running for office.