The Valley and Boise County Commissioners voted this week on the open Central District Health board seat. Dr. Ryan Cole currently only needs one more "yes" vote from commissioners to get the position.
Central District Health officials say each county has three commissioners and a simple majority (seven total votes) is needed for the appointment to be confirmed.
Valley County Commissioners voted against appointing Dr. Ryan Cole to the seat on Monday. One Valley County Commissioner, Sherry Maupin, voted in favor of Cole.
We do need more people to get vaccinated. The vaccine has been proven, hundreds of millions of vaccines have been given. So I would encourage people to do your research work there. But I also believe in the personal freedom to say yes or no. And right now, mandating these vaccines, they are losing important healthcare workers. Those that were the heroes a year ago are now unemployed and I disagree with that greatly. So I think people have to have their own choice on vaccinations and their own physical health. So I will vote in favor of placing Dr. Cole on that board.
Boise County Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to confirm Cole, according to the Idaho Statesman. The Ada County Commissioners voted earlier this month 2-1 in favor of Cole.
Our media partner the Idaho Statesman reports Elmore County commissioners postponed taking a vote and invited Cole to an in-person interview on September 3.
Click here to read more about the candidates for the CDH board seat.