Best Local Politician

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter

Dave Bieter has this thing he does. After listening to others debate about something, he tilts his head, rubs his face and starts talking in a soft, raspy yet warm voice. Then he starts what can only be described as friendly persuasion. Whether he's talking about libraries, free pre-kindergarten classes or even a streetcar, he usually gets his way. He's on his fourth term in office and, once again, he's the top of list of best politicians. mayor.cityofboise.org

2nd Place: Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb—There's a photo in Sen. Buckner-Webb's Boise living room—a black-and-white Kodachrome, circa 1968. It's a photo of her, as a teenager, singing outside the Idaho Statehouse mere days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She's still singing to this day and, equally important, speaking truth inside the Statehouse as the senator representing Boise's 19th legislative district. votecheriebuckner-webb.org

3rd Place: Former Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds—Even current Eagle Mayor Stan Ridgeway, the man who defeated then-Mayor Jim Reynolds in the November 2015 election, conceded Reynolds was a "nice person." Nearly a year later, Boise Weekly readers are still casting votes for Reynolds. reynoldsforeagle.com

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