Best Local Politician

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter

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Boiseans made a bet on Bieter back in 2004 and after 10 years in office, it's clear they think they have a winner in Hizzoner. One survey respondent, possibly in error, possibly as a nod to authority, even called him Major Bieter--whatever his actual rank, it's high in the minds of his constituency. Whether it's his commitment to sustainability, his bike-friendliness, his unrelenting boosterism or a combination of all three, if there was a Great State of Ada, we bet he'd be governor.

2nd Place: Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter,

3rd Place: Boise School District Board of Trustees President and Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff,

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