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BOISE -- The votes have been counted and it was big night for incumbents in Ada County with one exception: Kuna will have a new mayor, but he is a very familiar face.

In Boise, Mayor David Bieter easily won a third term. Bieter garnered 74 percent of the vote to just 26 percent for challenger David Hall. The vote totals were 12,640 for Bieter and 4,377 for Hall.

In the race for two Boise City Council seats, newcomer Ben Quintana beat out two opponents for Seat 2, while incumbent David Eberle got 83 percent of the vote to retain his seat on the council.

In Eagle, what was supposed to be a closely contested race turned out to be a quick night as current Mayor Jim Reynolds easily outdistanced City Council member Norm Semanko. Reynolds won by 78 to 22 percent. The vote totals were 2,636 for Reynolds to 746 for Semanko.

Reynolds thanked his supporters and wanted to assure Eagle residents that he and Semanko will still be able to work together despite their differences during the campaign.

The top two vote geters in the race for Eagle City Council are Mark Butler and Mary Defayette.

In Meridian, incumbent Mayor Tammy de Weerd faced four challengers including former state Sen. Gerry Sweet. Despite coming under fire from her critics for overspending on the new City Hall, the mayor easily defeated her opponents. De Weerd got 4,359 votes, equaling 50 percent of the total votes cast. Her closest challengers were Sweet with 27 percent and Jason Monks with 20 percent.

David Zaremba and Charles Rountree won election to the Meridian City Council.

In Kuna, former Mayor Greg Nelson has been elected. Nelson served as mayor from 1984 until 2003. He got 54 percent of the more than 2,000 votes cast in the election to 29 percent for Richard Cardoza. Incumbent Mayor J. Scott Dowdy was third with 17 percent.

Joe Stear won a seat on the Kuna City Council.

Ada County Elections officials tells that voter turnout Tuesday was lower than expected. Official numbers should be available Wednesday.

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