Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Candidate with a Cause?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Boise has its first non-incumbent candidate for city council.

Shaun Stamper filed paperwork earlier this spring allowing him to collect and spend money on a campaign for seat no. 1 on the council. The seat is currently held by Alan Shealy, who is not seeking re-election.

Stamper is a bit of an unknown on the political scene, but making a scene isn’t unfamiliar to him. Last year Stamper planned a hunger strike in an attempt to force the Ada County Highways Department to make city sidewalks and corners safe and accessible for the disabled.

Wheelchair-bound himself, Stamper vowed to neither eat, nor drink anything until ACHD signed a legally binding promise to not only bring sidewalks and corners up to standards set in the Americans with Disabilities Act, but that work would start by the end of 2006.

Just a day before the hunger strike was set to begin, ACHD board member John Franden told Stamper that ACHD had completed a three-year study looking at improving bike and pedestrian traffic, including a survey of 19,000 street corners.

Among the findings of the study was that the agency needed to update their street standards design as soon as possible.

The news was enough to hold the hunger strike at bay, and Stamper was even asked to join an advisory committee to look at the issue.

What issues Stamper’s campaign will focus on is still unknown. He has not actively campaigned and BW was unable to contact him for comment.

No other candidates have yet declared themselves for the city council races. Also up for grabs this year is be seat 4, now held by Jim Tibbs, who is running for mayor against incumbent Dave Bieter. Seat 5, held by Elaine Clegg and seat 3, now occupied by Dave Eberle are both up for election, and both Clegg and Eberle have stated they will run for re-election.

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