BOISE, Idaho — As we get closer to the November 5th election, the public had another chance to hear from the candidates running for Boise City Council at a forum Thursday evening. Ten of the 11 candidates were in attendance for the forum. Chris Moeness was absent.
The League of Women Voters Greater Boise Area sponsored the forum at the Boise Public Library at Ustick and Cole roads. It lasted two hours.
Candidates got their chance to answer questions from the public.
In total, 11 candidates are running for three council seats.
There were around 70 to 80 people in attendance at the forum.
The room was completely filled and people were packed in. It was standing room only, every seat was taken including several extra chairs brought in.
Here’s the breakdown of the candidates:
Six people are running for Council Seat number 1, two candidates for Seat number 3 and three candidates for Seat number 5.
Elaine Clegg is the only incumbent running. All other candidates are new faces.
Candidates were asked about common topics like property taxes, affordable housing and transportation.
But there were two interesting topics that stood out.
One was whether Boise should be divided into districts. All candidates had different thoughts on that.
The other interesting topic was how to address mental health issues, including rising suicide rates for youth and veterans.
All agreed that is something the city needs to be more active in talking about.
KTVB streamed the candidate forum live on KTVB.COM and our YouTube page.
This video below was our YouTube live stream.
The forum was moderated by Boise State professor Dr. Jeffery Lyons.
Candidates run for numbered seats which do not have geographical boundaries, except that they are all within Boise city limits.
Here are the candidates for Boise City Council:
City Council, Seat 1
- Patrick Bageant
- Karen Danley
- Tecle Gebremicheal
- Chris Moeness
- Ryan Peck
- Brittney Scigliano
City Council, Seat 3
- Jimmy Hallyburton
- Meredith Stead
City Council, Seat 5
- Elaine Clegg
- Brady Fuller
- Debbie Lombard-Bloom
We asked the Boise 2019 mayoral candidates all the same questions:
See the full interviews on our YouTube playlist:
See all of our local politics coverage in our YouTube playlist of several forums held for local city council and mayoral races: