Some familiar names and faces have already surfaced in the next big competition of the Boise political landscape. Shortly after Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced he would be accepting applications for candidates to replace outgoing Councilman David Eberle, Boise Weekly spoke to some seasoned--but young--veterans of the political scene.
It was July 2013 when BW first reported that Eberle was preparing to step down as he was finishing construction of a new home in Garden City.
"I think the young bucks are slowly getting their feet on the ground," he said at the time.
Among those bucks is Adam Park, who last month stepped away from his post as the longtime face and voice of the Bieter administration.
"If I do become a Council member, I will join with the other Council members to find solutions to the city's most pressing issue: transportation," Park told BW, adding that he will also advocate to increase support for arts and culture, support early childhood education initiatives, and push for the creation of a Bown Crossing Library. "With the success of the Fire Bond, Bown Crossing should become the city's highest priority capital project."
But BW has heard from another high-profile candidate, Holli Woodings, who also indicated in this week's Citizen conversation that she, too, will likely be submitting an application to Bieter's inbox.
"Yes, I think I'm considering it," the outgoing Idaho House representative told BW, fresh off her Nov. 4 defeat to Republican Rep. Lawerence Denney in the race to become Idaho's next secretary of state. "The more I thought about the possibility of being on the Boise Council, and the more people asked me to consider it, the more I thought I should consider it. I bring a lot of neighborhood and business perspective to the possibility."
Bieter will be accepting applications until Friday, Nov. 21. He'll begin interviewing candidates during December and the City Council will weigh in on the matter in January, giving its recommendation to the mayor before his announcement early in 2015.