Boise trustee candidate field swells at filing deadline

(UPDATED, 5:59 p.m., with additional filings.)

Eighteen candidates will vie for five Boise School Board seats later this summer.

Friday was the filing deadline for Boise’s unusual trustee election — which is held on the first Tuesday in September, under a district governing charter that predates statehood.

Five of the district’s seven trustee seats will be on the ballot:

  • Six candidates will seek two full, six-year board terms: Incumbents Beth Oppenheimer and Dave Wagers, both elected in 2016, and challengers Zach Borah, Krista Hasler, Paul Lewer and Greg Woodard. The four candidates will run in one catch-all race; the top two vote-getters will be elected.
  • Four candidates are vying to finish out a four-year board term: Incumbent Andy Hawes and challengers Neil Mercer, Nick Sackett and Matthew Shapiro. Hawes was appointed in April 2021.
  • Five candidates will seek to fill out a two-year term: Incumbent Elizabeth Langley and challengers Josh Bales, Nate Dean, Dawn King and Todd Kurowski. Langley was appointed in November 2020. Another candidate, Jessie McDonald, has since withdrawn from the race.
  • Incumbent Steve Schmidt and challengers Shiva Rajbhandari and Jacob Rowe will meet in a race for a separate two-year term. The newest member of the board, Schmidt was appointed in December.

The Boise school board elections will be held on Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, with voting at district schools and facilities.

The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Friday. Check back for any late updates.

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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