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Boise Mayor to start taking applications for Sánchez and Clegg’s seats

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is preparing to fill two empty seats on Boise City Council.

The vacancies are for former council member Lisa Sánchez, who inadvertently moved out of her district and vacated her District 3 seat, and council member and President Elaine Clegg, who is resigning to become the CEO of Valley Regional Transit.

The two candidates appointed to fill the seats will serve the remainder of the terms, both of which are up for election this November.

While candidates to fill Sánchez’s seat must reside in District 3, Clegg’s seat is at-large and applicants can be from anywhere. Anyone who fills Clegg’s seat will then need to run in their council district in 2023.

“We knew we would be looking for a candidate to appoint to the at-large seat now held by Elaine Clegg,” said Mayor McLean. “Unexpectedly, and unfortunately, we are now seeking candidates for both the upcoming at-large vacancy and the current vacancy in District 3. I encourage anyone with a passion for Boise, a strong record of civic engagement, and a willingness to serve to apply.”

McLean added that she would consider Sánchez as an applicant to reclaim her position, given if she moves back into her district. If Sánchez has moved back into District 3, she would need to establish residency for 30 days to be qualified for nomination.

“It is important to me that the process is fair, and that we make good by the voters of District 3 in this unexpected vacancy, so I’ll take very seriously the will of the voters who elected Lisa if she wishes to be considered for appointment,” McLean said.

Applications for both seats will open on January 31 and close after three weeks on February 21.

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Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons is BoiseDev's managing editor. Contact her at [email protected].

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