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As the deadline approaches, the number of Boise trustee candidates is growing


At least 13 candidates will compete for five Boise school board seats this summer.

Friday is the filing deadline for Boise’s special trustee election, which is held on the first Tuesday in September under the district’s pre-declaration charter.

Five of the seven district trustee seats will be on the ballot:

  • Four candidates will seek two full six-year terms on the board: incumbents Beth Oppenheimer and Dave Wagers, elected in 2016, and challengers Krista Hassler and Greg Woodard. Four candidates will run in one general race; the two with the highest number of votes will be elected.
  • Three candidates are vying to complete a four-year term: incumbent Andy Hawes and challengers Neil Mercer and Matthew Shapiro. Hawes was appointed in April 2021.
  • Four candidates will seek a two-year term: incumbent Elizabeth Langley and challengers Nate Dean, Don King and Todd Kurowski. Langley was appointed in November 2020. A fifth candidate, Jesse McDonald, has since dropped out of the race.
  • Incumbent Steve Schmidt and challenger Shiva Rajbhandari will face off in the race for a separate two-year term. The latest board member, Schmidt, was appointed in December.

The Boise school board election will be held on September 6, the day after Labor Day, with voting in schools and institutions of the district.

The deadline for applications is Friday at 5:00 p.m. Check for updates.

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Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education policy and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television; and “Idaho Matters” on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. It can be reached at the address [email protected]

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