Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LIVE: Election Coverage

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM

UPDATE: Nov. 9, 1 a.m.
When all the votes had been counted at Ada County Board of Elections, it was determined that only 17,359 voters had gone to the polls in the City of Boise Tuesday. More than 108,000 were registered.

The big winners in Boise: Mayor Dave Bieter who sailed to a third term over David Hall by a 3-to-1 margin, Council Member David Eberle who won big over David "Pappy" Honey, and Council Members Elaine Clegg and Lauren McLean who ran unopposed. Joining their ranks will be Ben Quintana, who won council Seat 2 convincingly over challengers Michael Cunningham and L.W. Johnson.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came in Eagle, where incumbent Mayor Jim Reynolds swamped Norm Semanko, state Republican Party chairman, 78 percent to 22 percent. Mark Butler and Mary Defayette were elected to Eagle's City Council.

In Meridian, incumbent Mayor Tammy de Weerd easily won re-election with more than 51 percent of the vote. Challengers Gerry Sweet won 27 percent of the vote and Jason Monks nabbed 20 percent. Two others fell far behind. David Zaremba and Charles Rountree won seats on the Meridian City Council.

In Kuna, incumbent Mayor Scott Dowdy was defeated by Greg Nelson.

In Ketchum, voters decided not to pursue a city manager form of government, and in Hailey, voters rejected an initiative that would have banned plastic grocery bags at local retailers.

—George Prentice

UPDATE: 10:26 p.m.
Current City Council member T.J. Thomson talks bike laws and routes with Boise Weekly.

UPDATE: 10:19 p.m.
Bieter says the "fight begins tonight" regarding his public transit agenda. (Pictured below, Bieter talking with Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Connors.)


UPDATE: 10:15 p.m.
Rep. Brian Cronin talks to Boise Weekly about the City Council's chances for a local option tax.

UPDATE: 10:01 p.m.
In Eagle, incumbent Reynolds still holds a lead over Semanko with 76 percent. In Meridian De Weerd still has a big lead with 55 percent. Sweet follows with 27 percent and Monks at 16 percent. In Boise, Mayor Bieter arrives at the Basque Center and says, "Sorry I'm late. Babysitter was a no-show." pic.twitter.com/dugHcC5B

UPDATE: 9:56 p.m.
Nearly 46 percent of Ada County votes counted now. In the race for mayor Bieter has 75 percent and Hall has 25 percent. In City Council seat 2, Quintana is at 56 percent, Cunningham at 30 percent, Johnson at 14 percent. In City Council seat 3, Eberle is at 78 percent and Honey at 22 percent.

UPDATE: 9:53 p.m.
In Boise City Coucil seat 2 race, Ben Quintana leads with 56 percent, Michael Cunningham has 30 percent and Lawrence Johnson is at 14 percent. About 22 percent of the vote is counted in Ada County.

UPDATE: 9:51 p.m.
Ketchum voters say "no" to city manager position over mayorship. Read more about that vote here.

UPDATE: 9:46 p.m.
Half the vote counted in Canyon County. Leaders in Caldwell Council races: Jim Blacker in Caldwell City Council seat 5, David Clark is ahead in seat 6, and Shannon Ozuna is leading by only 10 votes in the seat 4 race against Erik Constantine Makrush.

UPDATE: 9:43 p.m.
In Hailey tonight, it's a tight vote on banning single-use plastic shopping bags with a return of 51 percent for the ban to 49 percent against.


UPDATE: 9:38 p.m.
Read more about the candidates for Boise mayor and four City Council seats here. More on the five-way race for mayor in Meridian here. And more on the race for Eagle's next mayor here.

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.
Numbers beyond Boise are also starting to roll in. Very few votes have been tallied in Eagle so far, but in the mayor's race Jim Reynolds has 75 percent of the vote over Norm Semanko. In the Meridian mayor's race, Tammy de Weerd has 61 percent, Gerry Sweet has 25 percent, Jason Monks has 12 percent, Lisa Paternoster clocks in at 1 percent and Randy Pew has less than 1 percent.

UPDATE: 9:28 p.m.
With 15 percent of votes in, the City Council race for seat 3, incumbent David Eberle is leading with 79 percent of the vote and challenger David "Pappy" Honey has 21 percent.

UPDATE: 9:24 p.m.
Numbers are starting to roll in. So far, 15 percent of votes have been tallied. In the mayor's race, incumbent Dave Bieter has 75 percent with 25 percent of the vote going to challenger David Hall.

UPDATE: 9:22 p.m.
City Council candidate Ben Quintana tells Boise Weekly whether social media had an effect on the election.

UPDATE: 9:18 p.m.
Much younger crowd @benquintana party @bardenay #BoiseVotes pic.twitter.com/Db70UsxW

UPDATE: 9:03 p.m.
David Eberle rallies the troops. #BoiseVotes http://t.co/v1P8W6wo

UPDATE: 8:48 p.m.
@benquintana arrives at his party central @Bardenay, across street from Bieter shindig pic.twitter.com/Ooqh4mAR

As election results in Boise City elections roll in, Boise Weekly's team of reporters will be filing video updates via Twitter throughout the night. Follow all our live election coverage on Twitter by following @boiseweekly or visit twitter.com/boiseweekly.

We'll also re-post those reports at our Facebook page, facebook.com/boiseweekly, and at this post, which will be updated throughout the night.

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