Mayor David Bieter loses re-election bid to Lauren McLean in Boise runoff

In Boise, Idaho, Mayor David Bieter ran unsuccessfully in Tuesday’s nonpartisan runoff election for a fifth term in office. Lauren McLean, who advanced out of the seven-candidate general election field alongside Bieter back in November, won the runoff and the mayor’s office with 65.5% of the unofficial election night vote.
McLean is the president of the Boise City Council; she was first elected to the council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Bieter was first elected mayor in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2015. Prior to that office, he served as a Democratic member of the Idaho House of Representatives in District 19 from 1999 to 2003.
In the November general election, Boise also had three city council seats on the ballot: Seat 1 (McLean’s position), Seat 3, and Seat 5. These seats were won by Patrick Bageant, Jimmy Hallyburton, and incumbent Elaine Clegg, respectively. The Seat 3 incumbent, Scot Ludwig, did not file for re-election.
Boise is the largest city in Idaho and the 97th-largest city in the U.S. by population.
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