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Another Boise Council Member Hints He'll Step Down at End of Term

"I've accomplished almost everything I wanted to. So, yes, it's time to step down."

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Politics, at least at Boise City Hall, is becoming more of a young person's pursuit.

Only four years ago, Mayor Dave Bieter was the youngest person on the Boise City Council. Today, he's not even the second or third youngest. In fact, Boise's newest lawmakers, Lauren McLean, Ben Quintana and TJ Thomson, all in their 30s, are considerably younger than hizzoner, who will turn 54 this November.

Between 2009 and 2012, and in fairly short order, Thomson, McLean and Quintana replaced outgoing council members Jim Tibbs, Vern Bisterfeldt and Alan Shealy.

And now, one more council member concedes that he's nearing the end of his political career.

"I think the young bucks are slowly getting their feet on the ground," Councilman David Eberle told Boise Weekly.

Eberle, first elected to the Council in 2003, and re-elected by wide margins in 2007 and 2011, says his public service bucket list is just about complete.

"I've accomplished almost everything I wanted to," said Eberle. "So, yes, it's time to step down."

Eberle was quick to caution that he wasn't making an announcement anytime soon, but he did confirm that he and his wife were looking forward to building a new home in Garden City.

"I think I can step down, certainly by the end of my term if not sooner," said Eberle, 63, whose term expires at the end of 2015.

"There's something my dad taught me. If you bring in a CEO and he can't get an agenda done in five to six years, then he's not ever going to get it done," said Eberle. "I think it's true with City Council members. You run because you've got fire in your belly. I came in on issues of fiscal responsibility and sustainability, and we're largely there."

Eberle added that he would have "mixed emotions" about living in Garden City, "But we're not wealthy, and if we're going to live on the river, it's going to be in Garden City."

For now, he said he's still enjoying watching the "young bucks" but has to coach them on occasion.

"Sometimes, they'll make statements and you have to remind them it's part of the public record," he said. "Or maybe they're really gung-ho for an initiative, but you have to ask them where are they going to get the money for it."

Eberle said there was "no great urgency" to step away from office, but we shouldn't be surprised when and if that happens.

"That's the plan, until it's not," he said.