- Lachiondo for Ada
- Diana Lachiondo is running for Ada County Commission District Seat 1.
She hopes to fill the seat for District 1, currently occupied by Republican Jim Tibbs, who has not yet filed for re-election. Others seeking the seat include local business owner Erik Berg and Daniel Taghdiri, who is self employed.
"I grew up here. My family's from here," Lachiondo said. "I've lived around the country. We chose to move back to Boise because it's home, and because we wanted to be a part of this community. That's my driving guidance."
As director of community partnerships with the city, Lachiondo spends her days seeking to strengthen partnerships between her employer, other government agencies, nonprofits and community leaders to forward policies that benefit children, veterans, homeless people, veterans, refugees and the elderly. She is perhaps best known in Boise for her work on a housing-first model for reducing homelessness—including the development of the New Path Community Housing project—and collaborating with the Boise School District on a pre-kindergarten program.
In that capacity, Lachiondo said she has observed Ada County leaders in action, and said her passions for evidence-based problem-solving and strategic thinking could be assets as it tackles her core issues: responsible development and the opioid crisis.
She noted that as the number of deaths attributed to opioid abuse across Ada County has increased, Ada County had made moves to back out of funding the mental health facility Allumbaugh House; and as the county continues to experience unprecedented population growth, county officials recently approved additional development in the Dry Creek Valley, which Lachiondo said does little to increase housing capacity and, with limited lanes of entrance and egress, could pose a hazard.
"There are instances where I don't think [the Ada County Commission] has planned very responsibly," she said.
Lachiondo will be the second Boise City leader in as many election cycles to aim for a seat on the commission. TJ Thomson ran unsuccessfully against Steve Visser in 2016; though he performed well in Boise, he was swamped by votes for Visser in southern and western Ada County. Lachiondo chalked up Thomson's loss as part of a wave of Republican victories in 2016. A Boise resident who said she has already begun to have conversations with communities in Garden City and outside of the City of Trees, Lachiondo said she hopes to gain support there with fresh approaches to pressing issues.
"I'm running on my merits," she said. "I'm running for the right reasons."