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Boise, Meridian, Garden City election results for 2021: Incumbents carry the night (but some races were very close)

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After a late night, results for the top races across Ada County finally started to come in after 11pm Tuesday. Incumbents turned back challengers in Boise and Garden City – with some tight races in Meridian.

This is a quick look at the results. BoiseDev will bring you additional analysis later Wednesday.

Boise

Incumbents Holli Woodings and Lisa Sánchez both won reelection to their seats, despite a mix of challengers with different ideological approaches. It marked the first time voters in Boise chose candidates only within a district they live in, instead of citywide.

In District 3, Sánchez topped her well-funded opponent Greg MacMillan by a wide margin, with 57.2% of the vote. MacMillan brought home 37% of ballots cast.

Woodings will also serve another term, handily beating three other challengers in District 5 with 49.2% of the vote.

The city council will have a new face come 2022, with Luci Willits taking the seat currently held by TJ Thomson. Thomson decided not to run again, leaving an opening. Willits topped Laura Metzler and David Jones.

The city’s (nearly) citywide sewer bond also passed by a wide margin, earning broad support across the city. The bond will allow the city to take out debt, resulting in a rise in sewer rates as leaders look to fund improvements to the water renewal system.

All six Boise city council seats and the mayor will be up for election in two years.

Garden City

In the city by the river, mayor John Evans will continue in his seat for a fifth term. He turned back challenger Hannah Ball, who ran as a ticket with two other candidates who hoped to win council seats.

In the council races, incumbent Teresa Jorgensen and Bill Jacobs took the top spots. The challengers who ran with Ball and hoped to win as a ticket, John McCrostie, and Greta Mohr came in third and fourth in the “pick two” election.

Meridian

In Meridian, the incumbents each won, but one race was decided by less than 100 votes.

Luke Cavener held off challenger Mike Hon, winning 47.3% to 46.9% – a margin of just 56 votes.

Treg Bernt also topped challenger Adam Nelson, winning 51% to 49%, a margin of just 272 votes.

Council president Joe Borton won by a more comfortable margin winning 58.7% of the votes versus Hunter Wolf’s 41.3%.

All six Meridian council seats and the mayor will be up for election in two years. The city will vote by district for the first time.

You can see the latest results here.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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