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More candidates are running in the Boise trustee election


Eleven candidates are now vying for a seat on the Boise School Board as the filing deadline approaches.

One of the new applications was expected. Shiva Rajbhandari, a senior at Boise High School, officially presented his candidacy.

Five current leaders announced their re-election bids last week.

Here are the five races:

  • Three candidates are vying for two six-year trustee seats: Dave Wagers and Beth Oppenheimer, elected in 2016, and challenger Christa Hassler. The two with the highest number of votes will be chosen.
  • Andy Hawes and Neil Mercer are running for one four-year seat. Hawes, appointed in April 2021, hopes to complete his term on the board.
  • Incumbent Elizabeth Langley has three challengers: Don King, Todd Kurowski and Jesse McDonald. The winner will complete the last two years of the term. Langley was appointed in November 2020.
  • Incumbent Steve Schmidt and Rajbhandari are in another race to complete the final two years of the term. Schmidt was appointed in December.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday.

Council elections will be held on September 6.

While most school districts hold trustee elections in November of odd-numbered years — at the same time as nonpartisan city elections. But under Boise County’s unique governing charter, a document that predates statehood, the county holds trustee elections in September.

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