One is a current elected official, another hasn't run for office since the 1960s and a third wasn't old enough to vote for either one of them when they entered the political fray. All three have one thing in common: they think they can do a better job than Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who is running for an unprecedented fourth term in November.
Seth Holden, 25, is a Boise State University junior majoring in technical communications and French. His primary professional experience has been as an employee of Powell's Sweet Shoppe.
Judy Peavey-Derr is a former Ada County commissioner, Ada County Highway District commissioner, unsuccessful 2012 candidate to represent Boise's District 17 in the Idaho Senate and current member of the Greater Boise Auditorium District board of directors.
In particular, Peavey-Derr is opposing the initiative—also on November's ballot—to funnel $10 million into protecting the Boise Foothills and Boise River. The proposed levy would have an estimated monthly impact of $2.39 per $100,000 of taxable value on residential property owners.
"The proposed new tax on all Boise citizens for buying more foothills property accessible to those with mountain bikes should be reconsidered," said Peavey-Derr in her campaign announcement. "I serve on the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands and have for several years. We are a conservation 501 (c) 3 foundation. I'm not opposed to conservation, but what about the people who live in Boise on the south and west sides of town? They would like a biking area close to their back door the same as the North End."
Meanwhile, Myron Gilbert, 84, who served as Ada County Sheriff from 1959 to 1964, said "a combination of things" inspired his mayoral candidacy.
"I've been somewhat unhappy over the performance in that office for some time now," Gilbert told Boise Weekly, "and I thought perhaps I could straighten some of those things out."
Gilbert acknowledged running a citywide political campaign wouldn't be cheap but, "I've got some great ideas and enough people around me to help me accomplish that."