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Amber Pence was Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s intergovernmental affairs aide before she left his office to work on his reelection campaign. 

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Political analyst Jasper LiCalzi said the momentum from Lauren McLean’s lead in the general election carried her through to a decisive victory against Mayor Dave Bieter.


Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Lauren McLean is set to become the next mayor of Boise after soundly beating incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter by 31% of the vote. He'll leave the post after 16 years in Boise's top job. We analyze the results with Jasper LiCalzi of the College of Idaho, along with reporters Madelyn Beck of the Mountain West News Bureau and Heath Druzin of Boise State Public Radio. 

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Fresh from her victory in a runoff election which makes her Boise's first woman to be elected mayor, Lauren McLean visited with Morning Edition host George Prentice Wednesday morning. 

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Sixteen-year incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter didn’t win a single precinct in Tuesday night’s runoff. Boise City Council President Lauren McLean won decisively with more than 65% of the vote. 

Homeless camping and growth drove the division between the candidates in the final weeks of the campaign. Jeff Lyons, an assistant professor in the Boise State School of Public Service, told Samantha Wright those issues may have helped McLean keep a comfortable lead throughout the night.


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Update — 1:16 a.m.

In the first Boise mayoral runoff in half a century, 16-year incumbent Dave Bieter lost to City Council President Lauren McLean. She's the first woman elected to the position.

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With hours to go before Boise's first mayoral runoff election in decades, candidates Dave Bieter and Lauren McLean visited with Morning Edition host George Prentice. Each candidate talked about what he/she learned from the results of November's general election, their levels of optimism for the runoff and what might keep them up at night in anticipation of Tuesday's big vote.


Boise mayoral candidate Lauren McLean announced Tuesday after their debate that she won’t debate incumbent Dave Bieter ahead of the runoff election next month.


Josh Lindgren / Boise State Public Radio

For nearly 55 years, Boise has not experienced a runoff election in a election for mayor.

Hayley Harding / Idaho Statesman

Incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Council President Lauren McLean didn’t pull any punches at the first candidate forum held since a runoff became official last week.

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Monday, incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter accused City Council President Lauren McLean of raising "dark money" in an interview with Idaho Matters. McLean responded by defending her company and involvement by saying that her company worked to "support organizations that seek to stem the tide of out-of-state dark money." But what actually is "dark money"? To shed some light on the subject, we talk with a political scientist to better understand what the term means when it comes to money in politics. 

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Last week, incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter came in second with just 30% of the vote in his re-election bid to lead Boise. Now, he's headed to a runoff election with Boise City Council President Lauren McLean who took 46% of the vote. Bieter joins Idaho Matters to talk about what he learned from last week's upset, and the contrast he hopes to draw between himself and McLean leading up to the December 3 runoff. 

Clarification: In the audio of this interview, Mayor Bieter said there are three debates or forums planned between now and December 3. Lauren McLean's campaign clarified that they have only agreed to one forum so far: the City Club of Boise event which is slated for November 12. 

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Mayor Dave Bieter is already Boise's longest-serving chief executive. But he says his public service is far from over. That's why he's running for a precedent-setting term of office.

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When Boise mayoral candidates released their campaign finance reports earlier this month, Boise State Public Radio reported that Amber Pence, Boise’s former chief lobbyist, was still employed by the city when she began to work on incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter's campaign. Now, we've obtained emails that confirm there was an overlap of job duties. We get the latest on this story from Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson, who has been following this issue. 

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Boise’s former chief lobbyist was actively directing city staff on projects while simultaneously working for Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign earlier this summer.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise officials said Amber Pence, the city’s former chief lobbyist, didn’t violate any policies when she simultaneously kept her job and was hired on full time to Mayor Dave Bieter’s re-election campaign this summer.

Andrew Fisher / Boise State Public Radio

Six candidates running for mayor of Boise were recorded at a forum presented by the City Club of Boise and the League of Women Voters at Boise's library at Hillcrest.

The forum from Thursday, October 10th covered a wide range of topics including transit, homelessness, the potential F-35 mission at Gowen Field, affordable housing, and local option taxes.

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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says a robust number of citizens have already shared their opinions on proposals to regulate short-term rentals in the city. The proposals would encourage new rules on apartments, condos or homes where people rent living spaces for less than 30 consecutive days.

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White supremacy will not be tolerated in Boise —that’s according to city council members who unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday rejecting such ideology.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter focused more on his record than new ideas in Wednesday’s state of the city address.