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Boise 2017 Election Results: A Majority of the Minority

Only 20.9 percent of Boise's 118,434 voters cast ballots Nov.7.

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Left to right: Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings - COURTESY LISA SANCHEZ, TJ THOMSON, HOLLI WOODINGS
  • Courtesy Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings
  • Left to right: Lisa Sanchez, TJ Thomson, Holli Woodings

With all of the issues swirling around Boise—a controversial proposal to build a sports stadium, the possibility of F-35 fighter jets at Gowen Field, the lack of a robust public transit system and the widening gap between affordable and high-end housing—it would have been natural to conclude that more citizens would want to have a say about who's making the city's toughest decisions. Additionally, Boise had three city council seats on this year's ballot, two of them open to newcomers. No fewer than 13 candidates vied for the three seats. But Ada County election officials report that only 20.9 percent of Boise's 118,434 voters cast ballots Nov.7. Simply put, a small minority of citizens had the greatest say on who should be in charge at City Hall.

In the race for Boise City Council Seat 2, vacated by Ben Quintana, community activist Lisa Sanchez won convincingly with 44.1 percent of the vote, leading in 71 of Boise's 88 precincts. She was followed by Frank Walker (25.4 percent of the vote), Logan Kimball (18.5 percent), Rachel Misnick (7.6 percent) and Paul Fortin (4.4 percent).

Council TJ Thomson, the only incumbent on this year's ballot, retained Council Seat 4 with 46.8 percent of the vote, leading in 61 of the city's 88 precincts. He was followed by Naomi Johnson (38.4 percent), Crispin Gravatt (7.5 percent) and Nicolas Way (7.4 percent).

Holli Woodings was the most successful candidate of the night, winning 52.3 percent of the vote in the race for Boise Council Seat 4. She was followed by Caleb Hansen (28.8 percent), Michelle Doane (10.2 percent) and Nicholas Jones (8.6 percent).

But the most lopsided vote this November came when 83.4 percent of Boise voters gave their support to the city's open space levy, which won handily in all but one of the city's 88 precincts. Only in precinct 1804 in south Boise did the majority of voters come out against the levy—but only eight ballots were cast in that entire precinct.


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