Velma Morrison Joins Tibbs Campaign


This just in from the mayoral campaign of Jim Tibbs: Velma Morrison has signed on as his finance chair.

Does this mean they get to hold campaign events at a certain performing arts center?

The attachment of Morrison, a household name in Boise, to the Tibbs campaign is likely to draw money, and add legitimacy, to his effort to unseat Mayor Dave Bieter.

Bieter has yet to officially launch his campaign, but he has been active for months preparing for the November 2007 election.

Matt Ellsworth, Tibbs' campaign manager, told BW today that Morrison approached Tibbs after he announced his run in March, and offered her help.

"Velma Morrison carries a lot of respect in the community," Ellsworth said. "It shows the caliber of campaign Jim Tibbs is going to run."

Ellsworth said Morrison's role will be to help coordinate fundraising efforts around the city. Morrison has not, Ellsworth said, been very active politically.

"It’s a very special campaign," he said.

In a statement sent to reporters, Morrison said she was "proud to help" Tibbs.

“He shares my love for Boise and I know that he will do the right thing as our next Mayor," she said.

“Having Velma on our team means a great deal to me personally and to our campaign," Tibbs said in a prepared statement. "Her commitment, along with the deep well of support we have already seen, sends a great message that our campaign is on the right track and Boiseans want a change.”