CANYONCOUNTY-- We are less than two weeks from the May 20 Primary Election and the races are heating up. We took a look at the race for District Two Canyon County commissioner.
Last November, Tom Dale ended more than a decade as Nampa mayor. He had been in city government in Nampa for 18 years, 12 of those as mayor, until voters chose Bob Henry to take the title.
It was a shocking, eye-opening experience, said Dale, of the November 2013 election.
Still, Dale wanted to stay involved in Canyon County government. He even applied to be the Nampa School District superintendent.
That was very quickly dismissed because they were looking for someone, specifically, who had prior superintendent experience, Dale said.
After some soul searching on a camping trip in Owyhee County, Dale decided to run for Canyon County commissioner, and says the main issues in the election are the Canyon County Jail and the Canyon County fairgrounds.
Incumbent candidate Kathy (Kathryn) Alder, from Melba, is in her sixth year as a Canyon County commissioner. She has already served two terms, and says it is a privilege to serve the citizens of Canyon County.
The major issue is taxes. I have saved the property taxpayers $1.5 million last year alone and $7.8 million over the years that I have been in office by not taking the 3 percent increase allowed by state law, she said.
Despite breaking ground on a new multi-million dollar administration building, Alder adds that Canyon County is debt-free!
I have an open door policy, and citizens are always welcome, said Alder. I am excited to continue to lead Canyon County forward as the commissioner from District Two.
Connie Constantine said she decided to run for this office because she hasn't seen a change in the four years since she last ran.
I'm an Idaho native - born, raised, attended schools and had my first jobs in Idaho, said Constantine in a statement. My grandfather homesteaded and my family has farmed ever since.
My platform is to save our valuable farmland from the ravages of out-of-control sprawl and expansion, Constantine said. I want to see our farmers given incentives to hold on to their land, so that it is not more profitable for them to sell to out-of-state developers. We are destroying the very thing that made Idaho great -- the openness, the freedom -- we are transforming our towns, pushing out the locals, altering the culture, and losing our sense of place.
Constantine also said she is against moving the fairgrounds.