"You read it here [Twitter] first: I'm officially announcing my intent to run for a seat on Boise City Council - November 2011 #Ben4Boise," Quintana wrote at 1:52 p.m.
Quintana told BW that he has yet to decide which seat he'll seek, although a press release said he would not run against Council member Lauren McLean, appointed by Mayor Dave Bieter to fill the seat Vern Bisterfeldt left to take a post as an Ada County commissioner.
"It's still early on, and there may be an open seat," Quintana said.
Though Quintana is planning a more traditional announcement event, he said he chose to announce via Twitter first to embrace the ways in which technology and the economy are changing.
Quintana—who was a finalist for the seat now held by McClean—said he decided to run after spending years working behind the scenes and getting to know the city's strengths and weaknesses.
"I think we have a great city, a great foundation, and I'd like to make it stronger for the future," he said.
His behind-the-scenes work includes serving on the board of directors for the Kickstand business innovation center, forming partnerships between local businesses and founding the Boise Young Professionals networking group.
Quintana said his platform will focus on job creation and building a strong local economy. Watch for specifics when his website, ben4boise.com, goes live sometime in the coming weeks.
"I'm excited for this opportunity," Quintana said.