The results are in after close to 44% of registered voters in Ada County cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election.
This election included mayoral races and select city council seats in the cities of Boise, Eagle, Star, Kuna, Garden City, and Meridian, as well as Eagle, Kuna, and Star fire commissioners, some Kuna and West Ada school board trustee seats, and the Ada County jail expansion bond.
Four candidates were on the ballot for Boise Mayor. Incumbent Mayor Lauren McLean defeated her closest competitor, former Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, 55.4% to 43.4%, with the remaining two candidates combining votes to total just over 1%.
In the race for the Boise City Council District 2 seat, McLean appointee and incumbent Colin Nash won in a four-way race that included Hillary Smith, Grant Burgoyne, and Jesse Gonzales to hold onto his seat.
The Boise City Council District 3 seat was won in a very narrow margin by Kathy Corless. As of now, the vote count shows she received just 15 more votes than her closest challenger, Josh Johnston. That is a .2% spread.
Jordan Morales took the Boise City Council District 4 seat easily, beating Janet Burke 68.2% to 32.8%.
Another Lauren McLean appointee, Meredith Stead, retained her seat representing Boise City Council District 5 with a 67.7% to 32.3% win over Jeremy Gugino.
The city of Eagle does not yet have a winner in their Mayoral race. Incumbent Jason Pierce received the most votes, 35.5% of those cast, but did not receive the necessary 50%+1 to win the race. He and the next closest vote-getter, Brad Pike, will face each other again in a runoff election to be held December 5 to determine the winner.
Eagle and Garden City are not divided into voting districts, the winners are determined by whomever receives the most votes overall. In both cities, voters selected two candidates on their ballot. The winners for Eagle City Council are Mary May and Craig Kvamme. Garden City voters elected James Page and Kent Rasmussen to the two seats there.
Kuna’s two-term incumbent Mayor Joe Stear was challenged by Bobby Rossadillo and Cristin Sandu, but received 57.4% of the vote to win his race there.
Meridian incumbent Mayor Robert Simison won his reelection bid beating Mike Hon by a wide margin, receiving just under 70% of the votes cast in that race.
In the Meridian City Council District 2 race, Liz Strader beat Brad Hoaglun in a close 52.1% to 47.9% win.
Meridian City Council District 3 seat saw Doug Taylor easily beat Bill Chandler, 70% to 30%.
Anne Little Roberts defeated Todd Ebeling 62.4% to 37.6% in the last Meridian City Council seat available, which was in District 5.
In the Star Mayor race, incumbent Trevor Chadwick won with the biggest margin of the night. He beat challenger Michele Miles by a wide 85% to 15% of the votes cast there.
For Eagle Fire Commissioner in District 2, voters elected Brian Simpson.
Kuna Fire Commissioner for District 1 results show a win by Becky Luther.
Star Fire Commissioner winner for District 1 is Jared Moyle, and for District 2 is Tim Murray.
Kuna School District trustee winners are Hillary Lowe, JD Grant, and Michael Thornton.
West Ada School District trustee winners are Lucas Baclayon, Dave Binetti, and Rene Ozuna.
This postcard was sent to voters in Ada County in reference to the Ada County jail expansion bond. Concerns have been raised about whether this literature violates Idaho campaign finance law by not disclosing who paid for and sent out the mailer. The postcard shows the logo for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and encourages voters to visit a website that also displays the Ada County Sheriff’s Office logo, but the mailer does not specify the source of the funding or the party responsible.
It will be up to an Idaho judge to determine whether this mailer is problematic. Idaho Code 74-602 states,
“The legislature finds that it is against the public policy of the state of Idaho for public funds, resources or property to be used to advocate for or against a candidate or ballot measure.”
This bond to expand the Ada County jail required a 66.7% in favor in order to pass. The tally shows 68,799 voters, or 65.8% said yes, while 35,698 or 34.2% said no. The bond falls short of the needed amount by less than 1%.
The official results for all the races can be found here on the Ada County website.
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