Oppenheimer leads fundraising in Boise trustee race

Beth Oppenheimer
Beth Oppenheimer

Boise School District trustee candidates have raised more than $11,000 in their combined campaigns for the Sept. 6 school board election, according to the first-ever trustee campaign reporting filed with Ada County Elections. All but about $100 went to candidates Beth Oppenheimer and Monica Walker.

Dave Wagers, a trustee incumbent, did not ask for or accept contributions. Wagers said he was offered financial support but declined.

“I just don’t feel it is part of a school board election,” Wagers told the Statesman. “I am running as a nonpartisan ... using my own funds.”

He has contributed $92.98 to his own campaign and put another $47 on a credit card.

Oppenheimer, director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, was the top fundraiser, with $8,210 through Aug. 22, more than double Walker’s contributions. She has spent $3,677. Notable contributors to Oppenheimer: Skip and Esther Oppenheimer (no relation), State Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise; Bev Harad, former trustee; and Rep. Hy Kloc. D-Boise, who also gave to Walker.

Walker reported $3,192 in contributions. She’s spent $472. Notable contributors: The Professional Firefighters of Idaho PAC; Chubbock Firefighers PAC; and State Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise.

This is the first year trustee candidates in Idaho are required to file campaign finance reports under a law passed by the Legislature, so there is no way to compare it to what was raised or spent on previous trustee campaigns.

The three candidates are running for two seats on the Boise school board. The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s election will win.

Trustee voter info

▪  Early voting is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday at the district office, 8169 W. Victory Road.

▪  Read the Statesman’s story on where the candidates stand on the issues and find a list of polling places for Tuesday’s election.