Boise city council president Lauren McLean has defeated mayoral incumbent David Bieter in the city’s mayoral runoff election. With 100% of the precincts reported, McLean received 66% of the votes while Bieter received 34%.
McLean expressed that she is grateful to Bieter for all the work he has done for Boise and is ready to take on the challenges ahead.
“The people across this city obviously responded but were hungry for a conversation, a leader that listens,” McLean said. “Those stories that I’ve heard, whether it be listening sessions as the doors or even before or after forums or anywhere else I’ve been, I carry with me and have shaped my thoughts and even deeper love for this city.”
During her watch party, McLean announced just before 10 p.m. that Bieter called, conceded and congratulated her as she took an early lead in the polls.
“I want to thank [Bieter] for his years of service and all he’s done for our city,” McLean wrote via Twitter.
Bieter was first elected mayor in 2003 and was re-elected three times. According to the Idaho Press, Bieter is very pleased with his accomplishments as mayor.
“I feel good about the time I served,” Bieter said. “I did everything that I could do for this city and I think the results are quite good.”
Boise has not held a runoff election since 1965 when Jay Amyx defeated incumbent mayor Eugene Shellworth for the city’s top post.
McLean will serve as the first female mayor of the city and will take office in January of 2020.