Woods, Goldthorpe Elected to Effect Change at ACHD


Boise Mayor Dave Bieter should be a pretty happy man this morning. No, he wasn't on Tuesday's ballot but his desire for a new make-up of the Ada County Highway District is starting to come true.

Current ACHD Commissioner (and the board's vice president) Mitchell Jaurena was bounced from his post Tuesday night, when he was swamped by challenger Kent Goldthorpe. Goldthorpe performed extremely well throughout ACHD District No. 4, which covers much of the southwest portion of Ada County, ultimately securing 63.1 percent of the vote.

In the hotly contested ACHD District No. 3, which includes much of northern Ada County, Paul Woods emerged victorious from a crowded field of six candidates. Woods secured 8,715 votes, compared to Stephanie Blake's 5,337, Bob Bruce's 4,188, John Seidl's 2,908, Brock Frazier's 1,298 and J.J. Howard's 984.

"Elections matter, absolutely," Bieter told Boise Weekly this past summer when asked about the ACHD vs. Boise City Hall tug-of-war.  He openly offered his political support to anyone who agreed that ACHD should be swept clean.

"It's a broken agency," said Goldthorpe in an October candidate's forum. "ACHD is defined by pettiness and political infighting."

"Sure, we've had our differences with Boise and other cities," said Jaurena, "but collaboration doesn't mean surrender."