Check out this quote from mayoral candidate Jim Tibbs from an article in the current issue of Boise Weekly:
"We're the capital city, does that make us more important? What makes Boise so great is its surrounding communities." (Emphasis mine.)
The quote was in the context of Tibbs and current Mayor David Bieter discussing how Boise needs to work with its suburbs to manage growth issues. (Read the full article here.) Bieter sometimes draws heat for confronting regional players - ACHD, for example, or developers who want to put thousands more homes in the Foothills.
The thing is, we're not electing a Treasure Valley mayor. We're electing the mayor of Boise. Not to discount our lovely and fast-growing suburbs, but - contrary to what Tibbs said - they are not what makes Boise "so great." Boise is great because of our hard-working business owners, our dedicated educators, our parks, our vibrant downtown, our sustainability-minded developers, our cool neighborhoods, our diversity, and our welcoming attitude.
I want a mayor who stands up for Boise and its increasingly urban issues, whether it's finding a way to build long-overdue branch libraries or reinvest in older neighborhoods or strengthen public transit. I want a mayor whose vision is firmly focused on the city he wishes to serve. As the largest city in Idaho and one of the largest in the Northwest, Boise deserves and demands that attention.