Another Boise trustee candidate drops out

Another candidate has pulled out of the Boise School Board election.

Zach Borah withdrew from the race Wednesday, Boise School District spokesman Dan Hollar said Friday.

Borah appeared to be aligned with four other candidates who dropped out of the race over the weekend: Josh Bales, Paul Lewer, Jacob Rowe and Nick Sackett. The five men are members of The Well, a Boise church, and several are church ministers or deacons.

The latest move leaves 13 candidates running for five seats on the board:

  • Four candidates will seek two full, six-year board terms: Incumbents Beth Oppenheimer and Dave Wagers, both elected in 2016, and challengers Krista Hasler and Greg Woodard. The four candidates will run in the same race, with the top two vote-getters elected.
  • Incumbent Andy Hawes and challengers Neil Mercer and Matthew Shapiro are seeking to fill a four-year term. Hawes was appointed in April 2021.
  • Incumbent Elizabeth Langley and challengers Nate Dean, Dawn King and Todd Kurowski are seeking to serve a two-year term. Langley was appointed in November 2020.
  • Incumbent Steve Schmidt and challenger Shiva Rajbhandari will run for a separate two-year term. Schmidt was appointed in December 2021.

The election will be held Sept. 6, with voting at district schools and facilities.

Find out more about the Boise School Board elections

Idaho EdNews and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce are partnering on virtual, recorded forums with the candidates on Aug. 9. The forums will be posted on various platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.

Idaho EdNews and the chamber are partnering on an in-person reception, open to all Boise patrons. The reception will be held on Aug. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. (location TBD).

Idaho EdNews has asked the candidates to fill out a 10-question survey. We’ll post completed surveys on our websites and share them on social media.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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