Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Happy Election Day.

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m., as dozens of Idaho municipalities select new city leaders.

In Ada County, 6.085 ballots have already been cast through early voting and absentee balloting.

Three incumbent Boise City Council members are seeking reelection this year: Council President Maryanne Jordan is being challenged by Paul Fortin and Bryce Petersen. Councilman Ben Quintana is being challenged by Tyler Smith. Councilman T.J. Thomson is being challenged by Jill Humble and Bill Jarocki.

Municipal elections are also taking place in Eagle, Garden City, Kuna, Meridian and Star.

The highest profile elections in Ada County are two bond issues being put before Boise voters.

Bond No. 1, would set aside $6.8 million for construction of a new fire training facility and another $10.1 million to upgrade or replace four aging fire stations; Bond No. 2, would earmark $10 million for further Foothills preservation, in addition to some open space along the Boise River and other natural areas; and $5.5 million to fund three new parks and add amenities to three existing parks. Adding in bond issuance costs, the bonds would total $32.9 million. Taking 20 years to pay them off inflates the total to more than $50 million.

In Valley County, voters will select three of four candidates for McCall City Council and Cascade voters will choose a new Mayor and two council members.

In the Wood River Valley, voters are mulling candidates for the Sun Valley City Council, Hailey City Council and the Ketchum City Council and mayoralty. Voters in Hailey and Ketchum are also voting on a proposed 1-percent increase of the local-option sales tax to support more commercial air service.

In the Wood River Valley, voters are selecting mayors and/or council members in Albion, Buhl, Filer, Hagerman, Hollister, Jerome, Kimberly, Minidoka, Oakley, Twin Falls and Wendell.

In eastern Idaho, voters are selecting new mayors and city council members in Ammon, Blackfoot, Chubbuck, Georgetown, Idaho Falls, Iona, Montpelier. Pocatello, Shelley and Soda Springs.

In central Idaho, eight candidates are vying for four open seats on the Lewiston City Council and Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney is facing a reelection challenge from Bill Lambert, while four candidates are competing for three open Moscow City Council Seats.

In Idaho’s panhandle, voters are selecting new mayors and city council members in two of North Idaho’s largest cities: Couer d’Alene and Post Falls.

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