Election Prompts Mayoral Run-Off 

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was far behind City Council President Lauren McLean when the polls closed

The City of Boise will see it's first mayoral run-off in years, after no candidate met the required 51% of the vote. Candidate and City Council President Lauren McLean gained the highest number of votes, while incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter was in second.

According to data from Ada County Elections, McLean took 45.7% of the vote, garnering 23,669 total votes. Bieter took 30.3% of the vote, with 15,711 votes. McLean and Bieter will face off again in December in a run-off election, according to Boise Weekly sister paper The Idaho Press.

The next highest-polling candidate was Ada County Highway District President Rebecca Arnold, who took home 13.2% of the vote with 6,863; disgraced former Boise Mayor Brent Coles received 7.3% of the vote with 3,804 votes; Wayne Richey was next on the list, receiving 1.6% of voter support at 847 votes; Adriel Martinez was next in line with 588 votes, or 1.1% and Courtney Nielsen took 360 votes at 0.7%, according to Ada County Elections Data.

Boise City Council will also see some new faces, with Jimmy Hallyburton and Patrick Bageant coming out on top in their races. City Council Pro Tem Elaine Clegg retained her seat on the council.

In Garden City, Pam Beaumont and James Page will keep their places on the council, beating out three others, including Neo-Nazi Patrick Little, who received only 126 votes.

Total voter turnout clocked in at 33.4%, with 83,834 voters casting ballots across the county.

Correction: A previous version of this article indicated that a runoff in Boise's 2019 mayoral election was the first in the City of Trees. That is inaccurate. Boise Weekly regrets the error.


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