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Boise mayor candidates talk about growth and affordable housing

From the 'California invasion' to keeping Boise safe, KTVB sat down with each one of the candidates to talk about their vision for the city.

BOISE, Idaho — Like the crowded field for Boise City Council seats, the race for Boise mayor is also stacking up like a standing-room-only affair. Seven candidates are running for the top spot at city hall.

Each of them agrees that the topic of growth will dominate this election, and that affordable housing and transportation are two of the top issues affecting the people of Boise. In this article, you will be able to watch the full interviews with each candidate. 

KTVB asked each candidate a set of five questions. Those questions were:

  • What made them run for mayor?
  • What are the problems facing the city and what are their solutions?
  • What do they think of the recent growth?
  • What is their vision over the next 20 years for the city?
  • What new ideas will they bring?

The seven candidates are:

  • Incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter, serving since 2004
  • Current City Council President Lauren McLean
  • Former Mayor Brent Coles
  • ACHD President Rebecca Arnold
  • Adriel Martinez
  • Cortney Nielsen
  • Wayne Richey

Scroll down to see the full interview from each candidate: 

Dave Bieter

Watch Mayor Dave Bieter's full interview below:

Lauren McLean

Lauren McLean has been on the City Council since 2011, and is currently serving as council president. Her full interview is below.

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Brent Coles

Brent Coles served as mayor of Boise from 1993 to 2003, stepping down amidst controversy. Hear from him below.

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Rebecca Arnold

Rebecca Arnold has served as commissioner for the Ada County Highway District since 2004, and is the current commission president. Her interview is below.

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Adriel Martinez

Adriel Martinez served in the Army and ran for City Council four years ago. Hear more from him below.

Cortney Nielsen

Cortney Nielsen is a Boise native who says she wants to make sure Boise keeps that safe and comfortable feeling. The full interview with Nielsen is below.

Wayne Richey

Wayne Richey is a Boise native who says the city is being invaded by Californians. Hear more from him below.

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