One Down 

The race for Boise City Council is down one candidate.

Shaun Stamper stopped by the BW office last week to announce that he is withdrawing from the race for Seat 1, currently held by Alan Shealy. Stamper said medical reasons are forcing him to leave the race.

"It's a responsible, but tough choice to have to withdraw," he said.

Stamper first came to the public's attention last year when he planned a hunger strike to protest the fact that many sidewalks and intersections in Boise do not meet federal requirements for handicapped accessibility. Confined to a wheelchair himself, Stamper was determined to draw attention to the issue by not only abstaining from food, but from water as well.

The protest was called off the day before it was scheduled to begin, after Ada County Highway District officials told Stamper the agency had recently completed a study on that very topic.

While he has to leave the race this year, Stamper said he is not ruling out a future run. "There's always two years from now," he said.

There is currently no other challenger for Shealy's seat, and Shealy himself has yet to decide if he will run again.

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