And, They're Off 

The hats have officially been thrown in the ring.

Nine candidates are running for Boise City Council, and in addition to the incumbents, there is at least one other familiar name.

Official filing for candidacy closed on Aug. 7, and there are now multiple candidates running for each of the three seats up for election in November.

Councilman Alan Shealy announced that he would seek re-election in early August, but he will face three challengers for Seat No. 1 on the council. Among the candidates is a familiar face on the Boise political scene, Steven Kimball.

Kimball, a roofer by trade, ran for the Ada County Commission last year but lost the seat to Democrat Paul Woods. Most notably though, Kimball unseated incumbent Judy Peavey-Derr in the Republican primary and spent only $12,425 on his campaign. Woods spent $52,768.

"I'm concerned about our city," Kimball said when asked about his candidacy. "Planning and Zoning, for the last 40 years, has not grown our city the way I think it should have been grown."

Kimball said the city has grown too far to the west and that not enough housing has been built within the city, forcing residents to move into surrounding communities. "If you want a vibrant downtown, you need to build a vibrant town," he said. "I'm not for developing all the Foothills, but we need to start developing more than just by annexation," Kimball said. "People should be able to live where they work."

Kimball promises another fiscally conservative campaign, but said he is serious about running, adding that he is displeased with the way the city is being run. He summed up his approach to politics with three words: "cooperation, consolidation and simplification."

Also joining the race for Seat No. 1 is Frances Wray, a homeless advocate who works with groups like El-Ada Community Action Partnership and played a roll in the creation of Interfaith Sanctuary, the city's newest homeless shelter.

Rounding out the field of candidates is Justin Bromgard, who could not be reached for comment.

Councilman Dave Eberle announced his campaign for re-election late last month and is joined in the race for Seat No. 3 by Marlene Smith and Redgie Bigham, neither of whom could be reached for comment.

Finally, Council President Elaine Clegg will be facing Carol Wingate in the race for Seat No. 5.

There were no final entries in the race for Boise mayor, meaning the two-way slugfest between Mayor Dave Bieter and Councilman Jim Tibbs will continue.

The last day to register to vote prior to the election is Oct. 12. The election will be held on Nov. 6, and voters can register at the polls.

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