T.J. Thomson, who’s served on the Boise City Council since 2010, said Monday that he’ll focus on three areas if he’s elected to the Ada County Commission this fall.
Those areas are protecting local control of government, promoting more transparent government, and shepherding the economy.
Thomson said the county’s controversial flirtation with Dynamis, a company that proposed building a waste-to-energy plant near Boise and received county money for a project that never materialized, shows how important transparency in government is. He said he’ll push to establish an ethics commission similar to the one the city of Boise set up in the wake of the scandal that took down former Mayor Brent Coles’ administration.
Thomson made his bid for Ada County commissioner official Monday. In recent weeks, he told the Statesman he was considering a run, but hadn’t made up his mind.
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He’ll be running against Teri Murrison, a Republican, for the commission seat held by Rick Yzaguirre, who’s retiring at the end of his term.
Thomson is a Democrat — a potential liability in a county that usually votes Republican. He said he’ll focus his campaign on issues, not parties.
“I think the position is, in practice, a non-partisan (one),” he said. “I believe that our current commissioners do a good job putting the needs of the county first and work collaboratively to do what’s in the best interests of those that they represent. So, if elected, I would just look forward to working with my fellow commissioners regardless of party affiliation.”
If elected, Thomson said he’ll resign his seat on the City Council and quit his job at Idaho Power, where he works as an internal auditor.
He said he’ll keep his seat on the council if he loses.