2017 Election Results: Sanchez, Thomson, Woodings Win Boise Council Seats 

Women will now make up the majority of the Boise City Council

click to enlarge Left to right: Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings - COURTESY LISA SANCHEZ, TJ THOMSON, HOLLI WOODINGS
  • Courtesy Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings
  • Left to right: Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings
Voters decided to affect change in city governments across the region on Tuesday. In Boise, the hotly-contested races for City Council resulted in two newcomers emerging victorious. Tuesday's vote will also put women in the majority on the council.

In the race for Boise City Council Seat 2, Lisa Sanchez, a paralegal and bilingual case coordinator, won with nearly 45 percent of the vote. She was followed by Frank Walker (38.1 percent), Logan Kimball (10.5 percent), Rachel Misnick (5.9 percent) and Paul Fortin (4.9 percent). In the race for Boise City Council Seat 6, Holli Woodings, business co-owner and former Idaho House Representative, won with 51 percent of the vote. She was followed by Caleb Hansen (20 percent), Michelle Doane (8.7 percent) and Nicholas Jones (7.5 percent). And finally, in the race for Boise City Council Seat 4, TJ Thomson, the only incumbent on the Boise ballot, retained his seat with 54.6 percent of the vote. He was followed by Naomi Johnson (34.2 percent), Crispin Gravatt (6.1 percent) and Nicolas Way (5.1 percent).

Boise voters also voted in favored of the Boise City Foothills Levy. Nearly 83 percent of voters reaffirmed the levy to protect open spaces.

The biggest upset of the night came in the City of Nampa where challenger Debbie Kling unseated current mayor Bob Henry. Kling received 53 percent of the vote compared to Henry's 39 percent. Another challenger, Melissa Sue Robinson received 6 percent.

In Caldwell, Mayor Garret Nancolas retained his seat with 75 percent of the vote, compared to challenger Ted Brumet's 25 percent.

In Star, voters chose not to support a recall of Mayor Chad Bell and City Councilman Kevin Nielsen, with 60 percent rejecting each recall effort.

In Eagle, Kenny Pittman and Miranda Gold won seats on that community's City Council with Gold getting 27.3 percent of the vote and Pittman securing 26 percent of the vote.

Based on early returns, we initially reported the incorrect results in Eagle. We apologize for the error.
In Meridian, Treg Bernt won City Council Seat 4 and Luke Cavener was victorious in his race for City Council 6.

In Garden City, Jeff Souza and Elfreda Higgins won City Council seats with 40.9 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively.

In the Valley County City of McCall, Melanie Holmes, Robert Giles and Thomas Sowers each won seat on the City Council with 24 percent, 23 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively.

In Blaine County, Neil Bradshaw won the race for Ketchum Mayor with 64 percent of the vote and Amanda Breen and Courtney Hamilton won seats on the Ketchum City Council with each securing 23 percent of the vote.

The City of Fruitland saw perhaps the closest race of the evening with challenger Brian Howell upsetting incumbent mayor Ken Bishop by only 3 votes.

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