Prominent Boise teacher eyes run for Legislature

A decorated Boise teacher has filed initial paperwork to run for the Legislature.

Soñia Galaviz

Soñia Galaviz is looking at running on the Democratic ticket for a House seat in legislative District 16, which takes in Garden City and portions of Northwest Boise.

Galaviz has appointed a campaign treasurer, a precursor to fundraising, and her treasurer is a big name: former Boise School District Superintendent Don Coberly.

District 16 is a Democratic stronghold, and home to two sitting House incumbents: John McCrostie of Garden City and Colin Nash of Boise. Nash says he is seeking re-election. McCrostie did not immediately respond to a request for comment; he has filed a January fundraising report, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an incumbent will seek re-election.

Candidates cannot formally file for office until Feb. 28, and the filing period runs through March 11.

Galaviz teaches at Boise’s Garfield Elementary School. In 2017, she received the National Education Association’s Member Benefits Award for Teacher Excellence. She also received a 2016 award from Idaho’s STEM Action Center, for her work in advancing the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.

Click here for a 2015 Idaho Education News profile of Galaviz.

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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