Meet the District 3 candidates running for Boise City Council

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Claire Keener | The Arbiter

Four individuals are running for a Boise City Council seat in District 3, including incumbent Lisa Sanchez, in next week’s election on Nov. 2.

This year is the first time when only people living in districts on the ballot may vote for city council.

District 3 encompasses many neighborhoods north of State Street, including much of the North End and multiple parks.

Challenging incumbent Lisa Sanchez for the seat are Nicholas Domeny, Greg MacMillan and Maria Santa Cruz-Cernik.

Lisa Sanchez

Boise’s current council president pro tem, Sanchez, 50, is seeking a second term to continue her work advocating for the community on issues like affordable housing and sustainable growth according to her website.

Sanchez’s goal is to continue making Boise equitable for all its citizens, arguing everyone deserves a spot at the table. As the only renter on city council, she believes in representing all those who rent in Boise and their unique needs. Several current Boise council members endorse Sanchez. For more information visit her campaign website.

Nicholas Domeny

Local small business owner and Army Reserve member, Domeny, 31, is running with the goal to unite left- and right-wing Boiseans. His platform focuses on living and housing affordability and providing more training resources to Boise law enforcement.

Domeny wants to facilitate community between locals and people moving in from other states like California, as reported by Boise Dev. He believes in supporting Boise through the current housing crisis and listening to locals about what issues matter to them. Learn more at his campaign Instagram.

Greg MacMillan

As a realtor and longtime Boise resident, MacMillan, 51, has observed the growth in Boise, and believes there is a need for better representation of citizen priorities on Boise City Council. He wants to involve more neighborhoods and citizens in the projects that Boise focuses on.

Key issues for MacMillan are property taxes, housing, infrastructure and development; if elected, he promises to listen to and engage with the community. MacMillan has campaigned aggressively against Sanchez over public safety issues, as reported by The Idaho StatesmanVisit his campaign website to learn more about his platform.

Maria Santa Cruz-Cernik

Hair salon owner Satna Cruz-Cernik is running to ensure Boise makes good changes moving forward and doesn’t lose what makes Boise special in the midst of rapid growth.

She believes in listening to others with an open mind, and working collaboratively to solve Boise’s issues. As someone who has been a single mother, and previously relied on social services, she believes in destigmatizing programs that help people get back on their feet. Her main focuses as listed on her website are homelessness, immigration, community and affordable housing. Learn more at her campaign website.

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