Paul Woods to run for ACHD commissioner

Ada County Highway District candidate Paul Woods.
Ada County Highway District candidate Paul Woods.

A former Ada County commissioner and Boise city manager has announced his candidacy for the Ada County Highway District board.

Paul Woods is seeking the north Ada County District 3 seat held by John Franden, who is retiring.

“The citizens of north Ada County from Boise to Star have diverse transportation needs,” Woods said in a press release. "My candidacy is to be a commissioner who can work collaboratively to address the critical issues facing our roadways."

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 — which 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.

Two ACHD Commission seats — Districts 3 and 4 — will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. District 3 covers the north and northwest portions of Ada County, running from Boise's North End and the Foothills to the west through Eagle and Star. District 4 takes in the vast southern portion of the county, generally south of Interstate 84 and Gowen Road. Mitch Juarena currently holds the District 4 seat.

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.