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Eleven vie for Boise City Council seats: Learn about each candidate, plus the wastewater bond

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Voters in the Treasure Valley will soon head back to the polls to elect a new crop of local government leaders.

As you get ready to hit the ballot box in the City of Trees, BoiseDev has prepared stories on the candidates, who eligible voters can choose from in their districts, and the wastewater bond up for approval.

Early voting started Monday October 18th and runs through October 29th. Election day on November 2.

In Boise, for the first time, voters will select candidates by district and only vote for the seat in their geographic area. Roughly half the city will not vote for any council seats this year, but can vote in the wastewater bond.

[Ten candidates for Boise council seats talk housing, climate, and vision during forums]

The candidates are listed for each office in alphabetical order. Click on a candidate’s name to read our full profile.

Seat 1

Boise City Council Seat 1

There is no incumbent in this seat, currently held by TJ Thomson, who is not seeking another term.

  • David Jones is a conservative Republican who supports “health freedom” and second amendment rights. BoiseDev has been unable to reach him for an interview and he is electing not to fundraise for his campaign.
  • Laura Metzler is a former Democratic Idaho State Senate candidate hoping to support city solutions for wells drying up in West Boise and balancing “sensible growth” with “preserving the character of local communities.”
  • Luci Willits has had a decades-long career in education, including a role as the Chief of Staff at the Idaho State Department of Education. If elected, she would support increased funding for the Boise Police Department and resources to address homelessness.

Seat 3

Boise City Council District 3
Boise City Council District 3
  • Nicholas Domeny is a local business owner, running both Myth Parkour and Myrthic Mead. His goal if elected to City Council would be to calm political tensions and fight for more resources for Boiseans getting priced out of the housing market.
  • Greg MacMillan, a North End real estate agent, would like the city to take in more public input on projects before proceeding and improve collaboration with neighboring cities.
  • Lisa Sanchez is seeking her second term on Boise City Council and wants voters to bring her back to continue supporting policies to support Boise’s renters and putting an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Maria Santa Cruz-Cernik owns a hair salon on State Street and hopes for more listening sessions with constituents and more awareness of affordable housing assistance programs to address the housing crisis.

Seat 5

Boise City Council Seat 5
Boise City Council Seat 5
  • Katie Fite is a long-time public lands activist who opposes the city’s moves to rewrite the zoning code and any possible moves to build housing on city land earmarked for future parks.
  • Crispin Gravatt, who unsucessfully ran for council in 2017, currently serves on the city’s Public Works Committee. He aims to bring a stronger focus on climate change, walkable communities and workforce development if he wins the election.
  • Steve Madden is a constitutional conservative who describes himself as a “political, social and economic” refugee from California. If elected, he would like to oppose Mayor Lauren McLean and the legislative agendas of other council members.
  • Holli Woodings is hoping for a second term on the dais. If elected, she said creating a public input process to draw Boise’s 2023 election map would be a major priority along with the city’s work on affordable housing and environmental sustainabilty.

Wastewater Bond

Even if your district is not up for election this year, you can still vote on whether or not the city can take out a bond to fund wastewater improvements.

Boise City Council greenlit a bond election to authorize up to $570 million to fund improvements to the water renewal system over the next decade. This would allow the city to pay for the$1.15 billion in major repairs and replacementsof water treatment facilities, new capacity to accommodate growth, and the city’s work to add recycled water infrastructure.

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Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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