First off, 2005 is a year in which our governor, congressmen, senators, state politicians and mayor are all safe, secure and sleeping snug-as-a-bug in their beds. Rats. All we have to haggle over are three Boise City Council seats. Secondly, two of the three challengers in this year's election are, for all intents and purposes, one-issue candidates (despite Brandi Swindell's recently acquired ability to have opinions about things other than abortion, virginity and feeding tubes, we're still inclined to view "faith" as her issue). For us to endorse her opponent Maryanne Jordan, or Community House advocate Mark Seeley, or Jerome Mapp, simply didn't feel satisfying. Nor did we want (although the temptation was definitely there) to simply unleash a bunch of anti-endorsements: "Anyone but Brandi!" "Down with Tibbs!" and so forth.
So here's our message: Make up your own damn mind, Boise. But make it up--and vote--because as we've seen in the last two years (The Year of Colesgate/Community House, and The Year of the Ten Commandments, respectively), the actions of our City Council have a significant bearing on the way our city runs and how it presents itself to the world. To help you, we've given you a complete set of election cards--each complete with dotted cut-out-lines for safe removal from the paper. Then, because we are who we are, we threw in a few snarky little surprises and tidbits that we came across in the course of our pathetic, news-obsessed lives. Vote away!