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Eberle Seeks Re-election

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The contenders are beginning to line up as the race for Boise city offices officially begins.

Councilmember Dave Eberle announced Monday that he will run for re-election, joining fellow councilmembers Alan Shealy and Elaine Clegg in seeking to remain in their current positions.

"The bottom line is voters have the right to judge me," Eberle said, adding that it seems unfair to serve for four years and leave without giving his constituents the chance to weigh-in on the job he's done.

Eberle filed for candidacy on the first day applications were accepted. While no one has filed to run against him, potential candidates have until 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 to file.

Already several would-be candidates have announced their participation in city races, only to drop out just as quickly. Among the Council contenders was Shaun Stamper, an advocate for better public access for the disabled.

Self-proclaimed "Bull Moose Party" candidate, and Boise taxi driver Mike Murphy also dropped out of the race for Boise mayor earlier this year.

Eberle was elected to the City Council in 2003, taking office in the wake of the Brent Coles scandal, which left many in Boise with a strong distrust of anything that had to do with city government.

"We've made great strides in the last four years," he said. "Four years ago, it was a real mess."

Eberle serves as one of two Council representatives on the Capital City Development Corporation board of directors. The independent downtown redevelopment organization has faced recent criticism regarding its role and management, and is currently undergoing a city-ordered audit.

Top on Eberle's list of things to do if re-elected is to focus on the issues of greatest concern to Boiseans, including growth, sprawl and air quality.

Eberle also promises to "bring a rational process into how we build our transportation system."

He points to the jurisdictional and communication disconnect between the cities in valley, the Ada County Highway District and the Idaho Transportation Department as the reason no long-term, cohesive plan can be formulated.

"We need a new model," Eberle said.

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