Berch, Oliver and Walker Win GBAD Vote, Incumbents Swept Out

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In a little more than two year's time, the entire makeup of the Greater Boise Auditorium District has been upended.

Two years ago, GBAD board members Hy Kloc (who is also the board chairman) and Judy Peavey-Derr were the new kids on the block when they were elected to auditorium district board.

Earlier this year, Peter Oliver, a founding member of Thornton Oliver Keller, was hand-picked to replace outgoing GBAD board member Gail May, who resigned in December 2012. The night of May 21, Oliver was elected to hold on to that seat for another two years. He defeated challenger George Tway by only 19 votes.

But perhaps the biggest surprises of the evening were the elections of newcomers Jim Walker and Steve Berch who grabbed the largest share of votes from a slate of six candidates. Walker—a City of Boise firefighter—and Berch—a former Hewlett-Packard executive—unseated GBAD incumbents Stephanie Astorquia and Rob Perez, who lost by less than 300 votes. Candidates John May and Noah Bard trailed behind, also in losing efforts.

Once the Ada County Board of Elections certifies the vote, the GBAD board will be given a few days to accept the results and the new members are expected to be sworn in sometime in June.

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