Some high-profile Idaho Democrats and other political figures are backing Shiva Rajbhandari for Boise School Board Seat 4 race on September 6th.
Rajbhandari is a Boise High School Senior. The list of endorsements he has heading into the election tomorrow range from city council members to state legislators.
Some of the endorsements Rajbhandari received are Lisa Sanchez – Boise City Councilwoman; Jimmy Hallyburton – Boise City Councilman; John Gannon – Idaho House of Representatives; Jim Jones – former Idaho Attorney General and Supreme Court Chief Justice; and David Roth – candidate for U.S. Senate.
Here is what Sanchez had to say of Rajbhandairi,
Shiva is the face of our young, politically-engaged activists who are already making a powerful impact in Idaho. I urge you to vote for him.
Jones praised Rajbhandair’s maturity, saying,
I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Shiva Rajbhandari earlier this year and was impressed by his knowledge and maturity. I have seen those qualities in abundance during his campaign for a position on the Boise school board. He will being a unique perspective to that position, and I hope voters will give him a chance to serve.
Rajbhandari is running against Steve Schmidt, the incumbent in the race who was appointed to the position last year. If elected, Rajbhandari would be the first student elected to the board.
On his campaign website, Schmidt lists; “high-quality education, a safe place to learn, and great teachers” as his platform focus. Schmidt also discusses his work as an engineer and a focus on his faith and family.
The Boise School Parents Association has come out in support of Schmidt. They said in their endorsement of Schmidt,
Pro parent candidate…will put students first, support teachers, and involve parents and staff in the decision-making process.
While the Constitution Party of Idaho did not make an endorsement in the race, it said Boise should avoid electing “far-left extremists” to local school boards.
The election for Boise School Board races takes place tomorrow. Voting opens at 8:00 a.m. MT and goes until 8:00 p.m. MT.
Who do you support in the Seat 4 race for Boise School Board? Let us know in the comments below.
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