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LGBT activist to run for Nampa mayor

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on June 17, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

The race for Nampa mayor heats up:

I recently got an e-mail from a woman who has plans to run for mayor of Nampa. That may not seem BLOG-worthy... but I thought it was an interesting e-mail, because she has a unique background.

Dear Boise Area Media,

My name is Melissa Sue Robinson and I am a Male to Female post-op transgendered person who is hereby announcing my intentions to run for Mayor of Nampa, in the November general election. I am running because I am progressive and I feel that Nampa is a city that needs progressive people in city government.

I am the founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons (NAATP), a transgendered civil rights organization which was founded in Lansing, MI. in 2000. The organization was put on hold when due to Michigan's poor economic climate, my change of careers, and my relocation to Seattle in Jan. 07. I was forced to disband it. My intentions are to start an organization (Idaho Equality), which will also focus on LGBT rights.

If elected Nampa Mayor or not, I intend to push for a LGBT rights ordinance in both Nampa and Boise in the near future. I am a 58 years old telecommunications worker, and a former owner of Design Masters Construction Co, Inc. (a 25 employee small business) in which I was President for 10 years.

Melissa Sue Robinson

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Melissa Sue Robinson

I wrote to Melissa, to see if she had filed yet, what response she has had so far to her plans to run for office, and what other issues she would focus on as a candidate. She answered those questions and got right back to me:

I have picked up the candidate packet from the Nampa City Clerk, but cannot file the paperwork until August due to city regulations. The public response is mixed so far, as I expected. I have lived in Nampa since the first of the year, but I have done extensive research on the City and know many of the issues that involve it. I have several "good" ideas to present in this campaign and am looking foward to working with the media.

If elected Mayor I would promote a name change for Valley-Ride to "the Capital Area Transportation Authority" (CATA). With that change all cities from Caldwell to Boise would be a member, collect a small tax for this purpose, and the Authority would push for newer better busses and a light rail system from Caldwell to Boise.

Next I would push for a new city ordinance in Nampa that would allow for tall buildings in the downtown area. Then comes tax breaks for developers that wish to build lofts downtown. I truly believe that these changes would help take Nampa from good to great.

Her background may get a mixed reaction from the people of Nampa. I could be wrong, but it may just get her some extra media attention.

Current Mayor Tom Dale is running again in November. This morning, I put in a call to his office to confirm that. We don't know of any other candidates at this time, but more could surface as we get closer to November.

It will be interesting to see how the race for mayor of Nampa plays out... stay tuned!