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Post Election Game Plan

Thomson promises focus on transit, Litster to continue petition drive

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Vern Bisterfeldt, Maryanne Jordan and TJ Thomson were declared winners in Boise's City Council election, with the final results reported late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

Jordan and Bisterfeldt both incumbents, won strong majorities. Thomson and David Litster, who battled it out for the one open seat on the Council, had a closer margin, but Thomson won by nearly 3,000 votes, with 10,984 votes to Litster's 8,162.

The new councilman said by phone on Friday that he was happy with the results of the election, outlining the first things on his list when he takes office on Jan. 5.

"I had primarily been talking to voters over the last 10 months about the bus system. It is in drastic need of assistance. We need to start looking at the bus routes, looking at ways to maximize routes, increase stops around the city.

"Second priority is the local economy, working with Chamber of Commerce, working with the Boise valley, along with city employees in finding new ways to attract business to Boise," Thomson said.

Thomson said he planned on following through with one of his campaign promises as one of his first actions:

"I will note that a comprehensive plan, put together by committee is working its way through the City Council to review growth, and how that will play out over the next 10 to 20 years. As promised, I will work to adequately set aside space for park space, and include many more dog parks," he said.

True to his main campaign platform, Litster had a large orange balloon floating above the cars at the intersection of Broadway and Myrtle streets on Election Day that proclaimed, "Stop the Trolley, Vote Dave Litster," in an attempt to catch voter's eyes on the way to the polls.

Litster's main focus throughout the campaign was on the streetcar, and he promises to continue with that endeavor.

"Though the outcome was disappointing, we had a great effort for a campaign that began in earnest barely a month ago and raised a third of the money of my opponent," he said.

At the recent Boise State-San Jose game, Litster reported that he gathered hundreds of signatures for a petition to force a streetcar ballot measure. He said about 1,500 signatures have been collected so far and he hopes to gather the remaining 5,000 before December.

"Once that is completed, the voters will have the final say, not just the vote of three City Council members plus the mayor," Litster said.

Thomson is still supportive of a streetcar vote.

"I signed it [the petition] several weeks before the Election Day. I hope that he's getting the signatures for the City Council to vote on whether there will be a public vote. I think it's a good idea with the streetcar because it's a permanent fixture, so I want to ensure that there's public input."

Litster congratulated Thomson with a late-evening phone call on election night.

"[He was] very sincere, very kind. He wished me well, told me that he was proud of the race that we both ran," Thomson said. "He just wished me well in pursuing the work I'll be doing for the City Council. I also extended my hand and said that it would be great to work together."

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