Four incumbent trustees announce early plans to run

The election is almost five months away — and the filing period is more than two months away — but four Boise school trustees are wasting no time.

In a joint announcement, incumbents Paul Bennion, Debbie Donovan, Maria Greeley and Elizabeth Langley said they will run for election this summer.

“As trustees we’ve aspired to lead the conversation on many of the challenges facing Boise’s families and students,” the trustees said in a joint statement. “Our classrooms today must be highly flexible, inclusive and welcoming while keeping our focus on delivering challenging opportunities for every child to learn and grow.”

The de facto slate of candidates includes a couple of veterans. Greeley has served on the board since 2012. Langley was first appointed in 2020 and elected to a two-year term in 2022.

Bennion and Donovan would be running for the first time. Bennion, an administrator at The College of Idaho, took office in September. Donovan, a retired Boise educator, was appointed earlier this month.

Boise school elections are an anomaly in Idaho politics. The race is held in early September, as spelled out in a district governing charter that predates statehood. This year’s election will take place on Sept. 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Candidates can begin filing for Boise trustee elections on June 24.

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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