Race For Boise Mayor Narrows at the Hoff Building 

click to enlarge Judy Peavey-Derr (left) and Myron Gilbert (right)

Harrison Berry

Judy Peavey-Derr (left) and Myron Gilbert (right)


Boise's mayoral race narrowed Monday afternoon, as former Ada County Sheriff Myron Gilbert ceded to Judy Peavey-Derr as the Republican frontrunner against incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter.

Gilbert announced he had accepted a co-chairmanship in Peavy-Derr's campaign at a press conference at the Hoff Building in downtown Boise, telling reporters about his reservations toward Bieter's stance on police oversight

"I'm concerned about the mayor's lack of action on the position of ombudsman," he said. "I feel like it needs to be a full-time position."

For more than a year, an ombudsman's office staffer held the top job there in the wake of the departure of Pierce Murphy. During a long search for Murphy's replacement, the city council reduced the job to part time and changed the department into the Office of Police Oversight. In July, Bieter announced he had picked Natalie Camacho Mendoza to head the office.

Peavey-Derr now heads the opposition against Bieter's bid for a fourth term. When asked what she saw as the incumbent's weakness, she told Boise Weekly that by her calculation, Boise taxes had increased by almost 30 percent over the last decade under Bieter's leadership—particularly impacting the city's elderly.

"Our senior citizens are being taxed at a very high rate," she said. 
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