BOISE, Idaho — For the first time in 15 years, the City of Boise has a new mayor: Lauren McLean.
Incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter called McLean to congratulate her on the election results, conceding the race.
Neither candidate received more than 50 percent plus one of the votes during November's general election. Last week, the Ada County Elections Office held it's pre-election logic and accuracy test making sure the ballots will be properly read and tabulated by the elections software.
Both candidates spent the past month campaigning, meeting face to face for a Q & A with Boise's homeless population at emergency shelter Interfaith Sanctuary.
A topic that drew some contention at that Q & A was the camping ordinance and the mayor’s request to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision rejecting the city's ban on people sleeping in public places.
“We are making progress again with New Path, with Valor Pointe, with Catch -- with programs for, across the board, for the homeless. But in the meantime we can’t have camps because it undermines everything that we’re working on," said Bieter.
McLean was on the council back in 2015 when the city evacuated encampments on Cooper Court.
"I truly believe that we can prevent encampments without writing those tickets," said McLean.
Bieter took over the office mayor from City council member Carolyn Terteling-Payne back in 2003. Terteling-Payne was appointed to serve until the end of the year when Brent Coles resigned as mayor amidst scandal after the Idaho Attorney General filed two corruption charges against him in a scandal that rocked City Hall. Coles also threw his hit into the mayoral race this year, but lost in the General Election on November 5.
David Bieter--15,998 (34.5%)
Lauren McLean--30,306 (65.5%)