Correction: This mayoral runoff is not the city’s first. The Statesman has written a story looking at past runoffs.
Find full results from Ada County and Canyon County, as well as in-depth coverage on races from across the Treasure Valley:
▪ Find Ada County race results here.
▪ Find Canyon County race results here.
▪ Boise will have a mayoral runoff race between incumbent Dave Bieter and city council president Lauren McLean. Read more on McLean’s strong lead and find out who won city council seats 1, 3 and 5 here.
▪ Boiseans overwhelming voted in favor of propositions 1 and 2, which will necessitate future votes on two city projects: a new main library and a stadium. More on that here.
▪ Eagle mayor Stan Ridgeway was ousted by challenger Jason Pierce.
▪ A former state legislator accused of sexually harassing a staffer in 2012 won a seat on the Caldwell City Council.
Live Ada County, Canyon County election results
Find a series of live feeds from ballot prep and tabulation rooms here. Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane anticipates complete results before midnight.
12:02 a.m.: Boise will have a runoff for mayor. With all 88 precincts reporting, city council president Lauren McLean took 45.7% of the vote. Four-term incumbent Dave Bieter earned 30.3%, and Ada County Highway District President Rebecca Arnold took a distant third with 13.2%.
11:11 p.m.: With 80 of Boise’s 88 precincts reporting, the Ada County Clerk’s Office is reporting a turnout of nearly 37% of registered voters. In a tweet, Boise State University political science professor Jaclyn Kettler said that’s “fairly high for an off-year local election.”
On Tuesday afternoon, county elections officials said they anticipated about 30% voter turnout.
That number was even higher in Eagle, where nearly 42% of registered voters cast their ballots. Garden City saw only 26% of registered voters turn out, and Meridian similarly saw about 27%. In Kuna, only 13% of registered individuals voted.
Canyon County wrapped up its results around 11 p.m. with several close races in Nampa, Caldwell and Parma. With 100% of precincts reporting, the Nampa School District levy to raise $12.075 million over two years appeared to fail by just 10 votes.
10:41 p.m.: Challenger Jason Pierce ousted Eagle mayoral incumbent Stan Ridgeway with 100% of precincts reporting by 10:33 p.m. Pierce got 52.8% of the vote, narrowly avoiding a runoff election.
In addition to a follow-up vote for mayor, it looks like Boise is also headed to additional votes on the proposed new main library and stadium. Nearly 70% of voters favored Proposition 1, which would mandate another library vote, while 75% favored Proposition 2 on the stadium.
Patrick Bageant maintained a sizable lead for Boise City Council Seat 1 with 29% of the vote. For Seat 3, Jimmy Hallyburton had a narrow lead over Meredith Stead with 51.8%. Elaine Clegg appeared to retain her Seat 5 position with nearly 50% of votes in her favor.
In Meridian, 32 of 37 precincts had reported. Forty-five percent of voters opted for Robert Simison. His closest competitor, state Rep. Joe Palmer, trailed at 32%.
In Star, Council Seat 1 was 60% for Kevin Nielsen with three of four precincts reporting. Seat 2 was a closer race, with Jennifer Salmonsen holding a 53.6% lead to Mike Olsen’s 46.4%.
10:13 p.m.: Celebrations continued at Lauren McLean’s watch party as the city council president maintained her lead in the race for Boise mayor.
“I’m feeling a mix of gratitude and humility for what I see already,” McLean told reporter Hayley Harding. “I’m excited for what we might be able to do.”
Incumbent Dave Bieter left his watch party at the Basque Center around 10:15 p.m. His campaign manager told media Bieter would not be offering any comments.
With 59 precincts reporting, McLean lost some ground, falling to 45.8% of the vote. Bieter maintained his 30.5% of the vote, while Ada County Highway District President Rebecca Arnold gained ground, pulling in 13.1% of votes.
In Meridian, Simison leads for mayor
10:07 p.m.: Robert Simison, chief of staff for current Meridian mayor Tammy de Weerd, has nearly 46% of the vote for the mayoral seat. Nineteen of Meridian’s 37 precincts are reporting.
State Rep. Joe Palmer trails Simison with 31% of the vote.
Liz Strader has 53% of the vote for Seat 1 on the Meridian City Council, while Jessica Perreault leads for Seat 5 with 47%.
McLean still leads Boise mayor race
9:40 p.m.: Lauren McLean gained even more of a lead in the race for Boise’s mayoral seat. The city council president had 45% of the vote with 26 of 88 precincts reporting, while four-term incumbent Dave Bieter followed with 31% of the vote. Ada County Highway District President Rebecca Arnold had 12% of votes, and former Boise mayor Brent Coles earned 6%.
In Canyon County, former state lawmaker John McGee is ahead in results for Caldwell City Council Seat 6 against competitors Chuck Stadick and Evangeline Beechler. McGee resigned from the state legislature in 2012 amid accusations that he sexually harassed a staffer.
Ada County precincts report election results
9:23 p.m.: With 18 of 88 Boise precincts reporting some results, Lauren McLean maintained her early lead for the mayor seat with 44% of the vote. Incumbent Dave Bieter was close behind with 32% of the vote.
With nearly 14,500 ballots tabulated, 67% of voters were in favor of Proposition 1, which would force a follow-up vote on a potential new main library for Boise. Proposition 2, which would create a follow-up vote for a Boise stadium, had 73% of voters in favor.
Jimmy Hallyburton took a narrow lead for Boise City Council Seat 3 with 50.1% of the vote. Previously, competitor Meredith Stead was leading.
Early and absentee ballots had Eagle mayoral challenger Jason Pierce leading with 57% of the votes. Incumbent Stan Ridgeway had 30% of votes, while candidate Christopher Hadden had 12%.
McLean takes early lead for Boise mayor
8:32 p.m.: Lauren McLean took an early lead in the Boise mayoral race with absentee ballots and early votes reported. The Ada County Clerk’s Office reported 42% of the vote for McLean, with incumbent Dave Bieter close behind with 36%. Rebecca Arnold trailed in third place with 12% of the vote.
Just over 6% of registered voters in Ada County cast ballots via absentee or early voting options.
The same early and absentee voting results showed Patrick Bageant leading for Boise City Council Seat 1 with 35% of the vote; Meredith Stead and Jimmy Hallyburton were in a close race for Boise City Council Seat 3 with 52.6% and 47.4%, respectively; and Elaine Clegg took the lead for Seat 5 with 56% of early votes.
Jason Pierce was in the lead for mayor of Eagle. He had 57% of the early vote. In Meridian, Robert Simison took the lead with 49% of the vote.
How did money influence Meridian election?
7:49 p.m.: Political Action Committees backed by developers donated thousands of dollars to Meridian mayoral candidates in the final days of the race.
Idaho Rep. Joe Palmer received more than $50,000 from a PAC funded by a variety of home builders, while competitor Robert Simison, chief of staff to current mayor Tammy de Weerd, received nearly $45,000 from the Idaho Realtors PAC.
See the full list of campaign contributions here.
A historic mayoral race for Boise
7:31 p.m.: No matter what happens in the race for Boise’s mayoral seat, the results will make history.
Boiseans could bring back an incumbent mayor for a fifth term, elect a woman for the first time, return a former mayor to office or force the city’s first mayoral runoff election in recent history.
City reporter Hayley Harding breaks down the possibilities in this article: [In Boise mayor race full of sparring, history on the line no matter the results]
Residents vote early across Ada County
Polling places across the Treasure Valley opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and elections officials in Ada County said reports from poll workers were mixed shortly before 5 p.m.
“Turnout is at or above our projections of 30% turnout countywide, and we definitely have some precincts that are having spikes in turnout like in Eagle and Star and parts of North Boise,” wrote Chelsea Carattini, communications specialist for the Ada County Clerk’s Office, in an email. “Others are reporting a slow day, so it’s tough to get a concrete idea.”
According to data from the Ada County Clerk’s Office, absentee and early voting turnout was strongest in Eagle, where 7.8% of registered voters cast their ballots ahead of Election Day.
In Boise, 6.4% of registered voters cast ballots early. Early turnout was particularly high in parts of the North End, where up to 12% of registered voters had already voted.
If you haven’t voted yet, you can find a sample ballot based on your address here. Some voters live outside city boundaries and taxing districts and therefore cannot vote on city races, Carattini said.
Organizers optimistic on propositions
6:04 p.m.: Organizers behind two items on the Boise ballot are optimistic that voters will side with them. If passed, propositions 1 and 2 would put a new main Boise library and a proposed stadium to another vote.
Adelia Simplot, president of Boise Working Together, told the Statesman on Tuesday evening that she believes the public will vote “yes” on the propositions. Boise Working Together is a community group that collected thousands of signatures this spring to get the propositions on the ballot.
“I think tonight will go in our favor, in the favor of yes for the people being able to vote on major projects ... because it’s only fair that if we have to pay for these massive buildings, we should be able to have a say,” Simplot said.
Read more on the propositions and the context behind them here.
Eagle candidates eke out last-minute votes
5:30 p.m.: In Eagle, mayoral and city council candidates and their supporters took to the streets on Tuesday morning. At 7 a.m., several political hopefuls walked around Downtown Eagle waving signs as they squeezed in some last-minute campaigning
The city is at a crossroads in this election. Read more about the issues at stake here.