by Andrew Crisp
The race for Boise City Council Seat Four narrowed tightly today as two of the four candidates dropped out of the race. The tensity of the race has increased sharply to mirror the partisan rift on the national stage.
Erstwhile candidate Steven Siebers told citydesk today that he was dropping out to back David Litster because he feels that the race has been split down party lines, even though political affiliations are supposed to be checked at the door. He said, "We're doing this for the city, we're not doing it for us."
Leland Lay, loosely affiliated with the Tea Party movement, has dropped out as well, stating that he will "withdraw in deference to Mr. Dave Litster." He believes that Litster is the right man for the job: "He's got an MBA from Harvard; I just move dirt," Lay said.
Lay and Siebers will announce their resignation during a press conference tomorrow morning at 10:30 p.m., though citydesk could not confirm the location. That leaves TJ Thomson, an internal auditor at Idaho Power and Obama backer, and Litster, who has a Harvard MBA and experience in commercial development in the race.
According to Lay, "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between his ideals and those of Siebers and Litster.
UPDATE: Litster will make an announcement at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.