Meridian election: And then there were 4

November 6, 2013 

A total of 17 candidates were seeking the four open seats on Meridian's city council. Election Day provided clarity.

Joe Borton defeated Patrick Malloy for Seat 2, winning with 58 percent of the vote. Incumbent Keith Bird (52 percent) cruised to an easy win in Seat 4, besting challengers Russell Joki (25 percent) and Matthew Townsend (23 percent).

The races were closer for the newly created seats 5 and 6.

In the Seat 5 race, Genesis Milam eked out a 35-vote win over Ty Palmer. Milam received 31.9 percent of the vote to Palmer's 31.2 percent. Falling off the pace were candidates Jeff Hoseley (16.1 percent), Terry Benson (9.5 percent), Michael V. Long (6.6 percent) and Drew Wahlin (4.8 percent).

Six candidates also duked it out for Seat 6, with Luke Cavener emerging as a narrow 45-vote winner over Shaun Wardle. Cavener received 24.7 percent of the votes cast in that race, to Wardle's 23.9 percent. The other candidates were David Moberly (17.4 percent), Stephen Warren (15.6 percent), Steven R. Yearsley (14.5 percent) and Curtis F. Munson (4 percent).

Despite an election that turned over a majority of the city council seats, voter turnout was low in Meridian. A total of 5,461 ballots were cast for a turnout of 14.2 percent. Among Ada County municipalities, only Kuna had a lower percentage turnout for Tuesday's elections.

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