In Boise, trustee election season is under way

Brian Cronin
Brian Cronin

Boise school board elections are an event unto themselves — as a charter district, Boise adheres to its own campaign schedule.

And compared to the tumult in the neighboring West Ada School District, Boise trustee politics have been relatively low-key in recent months.

That said, trustee election season officially opened in Boise Monday morning.

Candidates can file paperwork through July 1 for Boise’s Sept. 6 elections.

Two six-year trustee spots are up for grabs.

David Wagers color
David Wagers

One spot is now held by Brian Cronin, a former state legislator who worked on the 2012 campaign to overturn Propositions 1, 2 and 3. Cronin was elected in 2014 to serve out a two-year term on the board.

One trustee spot is held by David Wagers, the president of Idaho Candy Co. He was appointed to a board vacancy in January 2015.

Historically, Boise’s September trustee elections draw little attention. The 2014 turnout was a minuscule 6.3 percent — and that actually was a big improvement from a 1.6 percent turnout in 2010.

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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