In an election that saw more than 9,000 voters participate (more than four times the 21-year average), former Ada County Commissioner Judy Peavey-Derr and Hy Kloc have won seats to the Greater Boise Auditorium District. In unofficial results, not completely tabulated until after 2 a.m. this morning, Peavey-Derr secured 3,184 votes, and Kloc came in second with 2,771. Following the winners were David Wali with 2,328, Michael Sullivan with 2,246, Steve Schmader with 2,156, and the lone incumbent Stephenson Youngerman trailed the pack with 1,992.
Peavey-Derr said throughout the campaign that she was reluctant to quickly resume funding to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, which saw its financial support cut off by the GBAD board in a deeply divided vote last summer. Kloc, who was endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, said he would prefer that the funding resume sooner than later.
Voters in Nampa rejected the idea of forming their own auditorium district with 1,464 voting no to 1,072 yes votes. But voters in Idaho Falls overwhelmingly supported the creation of a new auditorium district, 4,788 to 2,774.
More than 16,000 voters went to the polls in Meridian on Tuesday with more than 9,000 rejecting a two-year, $18.5 million-a-year school levy. A $1.5 million supplemental levy was rejected in Kuna. School levies were also turned down in Fruitland, Mountain Home and Payette.
Supplemental school levies passed in Emmett, Melba, Parma and Wilder.