Boise Chamber to host candidate forum

The Boise Metro Chamber will be sponsoring a Boise School Board candidate forum before the election, which is on Sept. 2.

The forum will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Boise Metro Chamber’s lower level conference center (250 S. Fifth St.). Click here to register for the free event.

There are seven candidates running for three positions.

Former state Rep. Brian Cronin — a leading opponent of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 — filed for an open two-year seat on the Boise School Board.

Cronin, a Boise Democrat, served in the Legislature from 2008 to 2012. He did not run in 2012 — but during that election year, he was a consultant and a public spokesman for the campaign to defeat Propositions 1, 2 and 3.

Brian Cronin
Brian Cronin, spokesman for the campaign to overturn Propositions 1, 2 and 3.

Cronin works in the Boise office of Strategies 360, a public affairs firm. Cronin holds a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University, and taught in Ecuador and the New York City suburbs before moving to Boise.

Also running for the two-year seat is Travis Jones, executive director of the Idaho Grain Producers Association. Jones is a former staffer for Republican Sen. Larry Craig.

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Cronin and Jones are vying for a two-year seat that was vacated by longtime trustee Rory Jones. Boise political activist Shauneen Grange was appointed in February 2013 to take Jones’ School Board spot, but she did not file for re-election.

Travis Jones
Travis Jones

Monday was the filing deadline for candidates.

Two six-year School Board seats are also up for grabs on Sept. 2, with five candidates in the mix.

Incumbents Nancy Gregory and Doug Park filed for re-election. Gregory, the board’s vice president, has served on the board since 2002. Park was appointed in June 2013 to succeed Janet Orndorff, a longtime trustee who died of cancer three months earlier.

They will face three challengers: John Hruby, president of Soar USA, a consulting firm; Anthony Shallat, a consultant and recent law school graduate; and Grant Walden, a financial analyst.

The top two vote-getters will be elected to the board.