Things are getting interesting in the 2011 Boise City Council elections (in a very short amount of time).
Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean will announce that she is running in November's election, which everyone expected. But what may surprise a great many people is that McLean will announce that she is running for the newly vacated seat of Alan Shealy—a four-year-term—instead of running for her present seat, which has only two years left.
McLean was sworn into office on Jan. 11 after she was appointed to the council to replace Vern Bisterfeldt, who became an Ada County commissioner. At the time, there were two-and-a-half years left in Bisterfeldt's term. As a result, McLean would have had to officially run for office in November, and then again for re-election in two years. So instead of waging two campaigns in two years, McLean has opted to run for Shealy's seat, which would include a full four-year term.
Another interesting wrinkle: Ben Quintana, director of public relations and leadership development for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, said he intended to run for a council set but said he would not try to unseat McLean. That means his other options would be to run for McLean's current seat—which has two years remaining—or to challenge incumbent Council Members Elaine Clegg or David Eberle, who are expected to be on the ballot.