Jaurena seeks to retain ACHD seat

csewell@idahostatesman.comJuly 7, 2014 

ACHD Commissioner Mitch Jaurena

Ada County Highway District Commissioner Mitch Jaurena announced he is running for election to retain his seat on the ACHD Commission for district 4, which covers southwest Ada County.

Jaurena was appointed to the Commission in June 2012 after ACHD Commissioner Dave Case was selected by Gov. Butch Otter to fill a vacancy on the Ada County Commission.

Jaurena served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and has extensive background in planning, development, environmental compliance and project management both from his military service as well as in private business, according to a press release issued Monday.

"Ada County, south of the freeway, is the largest and most diverse part of our county in terms of transportation needs. It sits on the fringe of the Treasure Valley's urban areas, yet until recently has remained mostly rural with a significant farming demographic. Now the landscape is changing and the district is starting to feel the pressure of development north of Lake Hazel. Additionally, Kuna at the southern edge of the county continues to grow and needs a strong advocate at ACHD so that economic development opportunities don’t pass them by because of transportation challenges," said Jaurena.

"I have highlighted these needs in the last two years and have directed greater investments in roads, sidewalks and safe routes to schools within the area. I have built critical relationships with legislators and city representatives to ensure that my District gets the consideration and resources it needs. I'm seeking to retain my seat because the work I’ve begun over the last two years is not yet complete and I am eager to see our transportation infrastructure better meet the needs of this growing and changing district," he said in his press release.

Jaurena's election bid is supported and endorsed by: Sen. Russ Fulcher and Rep. John Vander Woude, Ada County Commissioners Dave Case and Jim Tibbs, Meridian City Councilmember David Zaremba, Kuna Mayor Greg Nelson and Kuna City Councilmembers Richard Cardoza and Joe Stear.

"I fully support Mitch Jaurena as he has provided excellent service and representation for the citizens while serving as a Commissioner of the Ada County Highway District. He maintains a solid conservative approach while at the same time getting things done," said Ada County Commissioner Dave Case.

Two ACHD Commission seats — Districts 3 and 4 — will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Eagle resident Bob Bruce and Boise resident Paul Woods have announced their candidacy for northwest Ada County district 3 seat held by John Franden, who is retiring.

Bruce is a former Eagle Sewer District Board Member, Boise Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee Chairman, Meridian Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee Founder and Chairman and Nampa Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Transportation Committee Founder and Chairman.

An engineering consultant, Bruce is a project principal for Stanley Consultants, Inc. and previously a vice president at CH2M HILL and HDR Engineering, Inc. and a project development manager at Morrison Knudsen. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Boise State, where he also played football.

Woods is a registered professional engineer and holds a master's degree in public administration from Boise State University.

He served as Ada County commissioner from 2007 to 2009. He worked as the city's Foothills open space manager from 2002 to 2006 and its public works environmental division manager from 2009 to 2013. He also served on the United Way of the Treasure Valley board from 2009 to 2013. He currently works in private practice as a consultant.

The ACHD Commission has five members who serve four-year terms. Commission seats are nonpartisan and do not appear on the primary ballot in May.

The commission sets policy for the district — the only countywide highway agency in Idaho. It serves all residents of Ada County and its six incorporated cities. The compensation for the part-time post is a monthly stipend of $1,771. The president of the commission, chosen annually from among the commissioners, receives an additional $356 per month.

Voters cast ballots for the commission seat representing the area where they live. In each race the candidate getting the most votes will be the winner; a majority is not required.

The last day to file to run for an ACHD seat and appear on the Nov. 4 ballot is Aug. 6. Write-in candidates have until Sept. 19 to file.

To qualify to run for the ACHD Commission, a candidate must: Be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old; be a resident of the ACHD district for which he/she seeks office; fill out a declaration of candidacy form and pay the $10 filing fee at the Ada County Clerk's Office, 400 Benjamin Lane, Suite 100, in Boise.

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