West Ada

Here’s the final list of candidates for mayor, City Council in Meridian

Come January, Meridian’s government will look drastically different.

A slew of mayoral candidates stepped forward after four-term Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced that she would retire and not run for re-election.

Three city council seats have also opened up, with council members Ty Palmer and Genesis Milam announcing that they will not run again. Councilwoman Anne Little Roberts’ seat is also open, because she entered the mayoral race.

The city elections could drastically change the pathway for Meridian, which has swelled to 114,680 people from 75,000 a decade ago. Future leaders will have to deal with the consequences of that growth as they make decisions about land use and development. They may also help decide whether to create an auditorium district, which could divert hotel taxes to fund a convention center, and whether to keep steering economic development downtown.

Here are the candidates:


  • Anne Little Roberts
  • Joe Palmer
  • Gina Johnson
  • Robert Simison
  • Shaun Wardle
Meridian City Council Candidates
Brad Hoaglun, Elizabeth “Liz” Strader, Denise Hanson-LaFever, Jessica Perreault and Donna Lusigan are all running for a city council seat in Meridian. ktalerico@idahostatesman.com

City Council, Seat 1

  • Donna Lusignan
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Strader
  • Michael Christianson
  • Rudolf “Rudy” L. Patrick

City Council, Seat 3

  • Brad Hoaglun

City Council, Seat 5

  • Jeffrey Miller
  • Jessica Perreault
  • Denise Hanson-LaFever
  • Joshua Valk

While council candidates run for a specific seat, they are elected at large. They serve four-year terms.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Council President Joe Borton, Vice President Luke Cavener and Councilman Treg Bernt will be up for re-election in 2021.

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Kate reports on West Ada and Canyon County for the Idaho Statesman. She previously wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Providence Business News. She has been published in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. Kate graduated from Brown University with a degree in urban studies.