Mayor David Bieter filed his declaration of candidacy for re-election to his fourth term Monday, the first day of Boise’s filing period for this year’s city elections.
So did Scot Ludwig, who’s an incumbent but isn’t running for re-election, because he was appointed early this year to fill the seat David Eberle left when he moved to Garden City.
Councilwoman Lauren McLean filed hers two days later, on Women’s Equality Day, the significance of which she noted on Twitter.
Elaine Clegg filed her paperwork Thursday.
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So far, that’s it for City Council candidates. No challengers have filed the necessary paperwork. In fact, as far as I know, no one’s really making noise about a possible run. Deputy City Clerk Jamie Heinzerling said she’s fielded a few inquiries, but no declarations yet.
If someone’s planning something, please let me know. Candidates have until Sept. 4 to file their declarations of candidacy.
For someone who’s never run a campaign before, Ludwig sure seems to be jumping in with both feet. The attorney, developer and former Boise State University basketball player just announced his “Official Campaign Kickoff” — a Sept. 2 party at Boise restaurant Berryhill & Co.
The list of people named on the invitation under the heading “Citizens for Ludwig — Host Committee” is impressive. It includes developers Gardner Co., several members of the Oppenheimer family (also developers), Clegg, City Councilwoman and State Sen. Maryanne Jordan, City Councilman Ben Quintana, former Councilman Alan Shealy, banker Rob Perez, lobbyist Russ Westerberg and the local firefighters union.
Bieter, Ludwig’s friend, is the “special guest.” If Ludwig listens to Bieter’s advice about winning municipal elections, we can expect to see more of him between now and Election Day. Bieter’s philosophy goes something like: Whoever works hardest wins.