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Boise City Council election results: water bond passes, incumbents Sánchez and Woodings win, Willits is newest member and lone Republican

Photo by Claire Keener

City Council Seat 5: Holli Woodings

By Jaelyn Quisel

Incumbent Holli Woodings was re-elected to Boise City Council District 5 last night, receiving just under 50% of the vote. District 5 includes Boise State’s campus and much of the surrounding area.

Woodings was running for City Council Seat 5 against Katie Fite, Steve Madden and J. “Crispin” Gravatt. She will now serve as the city council representative for the newly created District 5 of Boise for the next two years.

Results from Tuesday’s election show Woodings leading by a margin of over 20% between herself and Katie Fite, who received 23% of the vote. Woodings was also leading in all precincts except Precinct 1710, where Katie Fite earned 42% of the vote, leading by just under 13%.

This will be Woodings’ second term on city council, having been elected to Boise City Council four years prior. During her first term on city council, Woodings committed to a clean energy plan for Boise, began rewriting city zoning codes and started to address homelessness in Boise. 

For her next term, Woodings intends to prioritize affordability, sustainability and planning for future growth within the city. 

“I really want to build a Boise where people can live and work in the city, and be able to afford to do that,” Woodings told the Arbiter last month.

Woodings previously served as an Idaho State Representative in 2012 and has served on the Boise City Council for the past four years.

City Council Seat 1: Luci Willits

By Fenix Dietz

Luci Willits won the Boise City Council District 1 election with 55.9% of the vote, defeating Laura Metzler and David Jones. Metzler received 34.6%, while Jones received 9.5%.

Willits will be the first city councilor to represent the newly created District 1, which is in western Boise, and is also now the only Conservative member of the city council.

“Thank you, Boise! I am humbled and honored to be your voice at City Council,” Willits said in a post on her campaign Facebook account. “Thank you to my friends and family who worked tirelessly for weeks and months to make this happen. I am grateful. The work begins!”

Willits will serve a two-year term, in which she plans to expand public safety resources, create viable transportation solutions, address homelessness and establish a fourth of July parade.

City Council Seat 3: Lisa Sánchez

By Alaina Uhlenhoff

Incumbent Lisa Sánchez defeated Greg MacMillan in the Boise City Council election last night, winning a two-year term in the District 3 seat.

Sánchez carried 57% of the vote, MacMillan followed with 36% and the other two candidates Nicholas Domeny and Maria Santa Cruz-Cernik received less than 600 votes collectively.

The District 3 race was the most competitive, Sánchez and MacMillan both raised more than 40,000 dollars in campaign funds as reported by the Idaho Statesman. Sánchez also faced aggressive campaigning and attack ads from several conservative organizations.

Now reelected, Sánchez will continue to represent District 3 as the only person of color and renter on Boise City Council.

Over 10,000 people voted in the District 3 race, almost half of the over 22,000 total voters who turned out in Ada County Tuesday.

Water Bond

The Boise City Sewer District Bond passed with a wide margin, with 80%, over 21,000 people, voting in favor of the bond. The bond will fund maintenance and improvements to Boise’s wastewater treatment infrastructure.

Boise City Hall
Photo by Claire Keener
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