Eleven and counting: More candidates jump into Boise trustee races

Eleven candidates are now in the running for Boise school board, as the filing deadline nears.

One of the new filings was expected. Shiva Rajbhandari, a rising senior at Boise High School, made his candidacy official.

Five board incumbents announced their re-election bids last week.

Here’s how the five races shape up:

  • Three candidates are vying for two six-year trustee seats: Incumbents Dave Wagers and Beth Oppenheimer, elected in 2016, and challenger Krista Hasler. The top two vote-getters will be elected.
  • Andy Hawes and Neil Mercer are running for one four-year seat. Hawes, appointed in April 2021, is hoping to round out a board term.
  • Incumbent Elizabeth Langley has three opponents: Dawn King, Todd Kurowski and Jessie McDonald. The winner will complete the final two years of a board term. Langley was appointed in November 2020.
  • Incumbent Steve Schmidt and Rajbhandari are running in another race to complete the final two years of a term. Schmidt was appointed in December.

The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

The board elections will be held on Sept. 6.

While most school districts hold trustee elections in November of odd-numbered years — in conjunction with nonpartisan city elections. But under the Boise district’s unique governing charter, a document that predates statehood, the district holds its trustee elections in September.


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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