Henry unseats Dale as Nampa mayor

The challenger taps into voter anger over taxes, urban renewal.

csewell@idahostatesman.comNovember 5, 2013 

Nampa City Councilman Bob Henry decided to take on longtime Mayor Tom Dale because he did not like the direction the city was headed.

He knew that Dale, elected in 2001, hadn’t faced a serious contender in his 12-year reign, and Henry was determined to give it his best shot.

“I did not take this lightly,” Henry said.

He beat Dale by 113 votes — 3,510 to 3,397.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” a shocked Henry said as he watched the last results trickle in late Tuesday night. “My whole career just changed.”

Henry, who has owned an insurance agency for 35 years, said he didn’t think Dale took him seriously as a candidate. But while knocking on doors, Henry got the sense that voters were taking him seriously.

“People are mad. They are mad about taxes. They are mad about urban renewal,” Henry said.

Nampa has one of the highest property tax rates in the Treasure Valley.

A subdued Dale didn’t want to speculate on why he lost.

“I just loved serving the people for 12 years. These were the best years of my life,” Dale said. “Now I am looking forward to what the Lord has next for me.”

Dale, a music teacher, taught at Nampa Christian High School for six years prior to winning a mayoral runoff in 2001.

Nampa City Council will have three new faces come January and one returning member. Paul Raymond, Bruce Skaug and Randy Haverfield were newly elected Tuesday night. Incumbent Pam White retained her seat.

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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