Want to vote? Intelligently? Start here. Our Voter Guide for city, school elections

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It’s time to vote: Early voting in Idaho starts Monday, Oct. 18. Election Day will be here soon: Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Odd years like 2021 offer no big federal or state contests. But there are plenty of closer-to-home decisions to make. If you care about the Treasure Valley’s growth, escalating housing prices, property taxes, police and fire protection, and parks — that is, many of the problems and services that help define city dwellers’ everyday lives — this is the time to vote.

City council races are on the ballot in all nine of the Treasure Valley’s largest cities: Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Kuna, Star, Garden City and Middleton. Boise has a costly sewer bond, too.

School board candidates are on the ballot in the West Ada, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Vallivue and Middleton school districts.

The Idaho Statesman has prepared voter guides to each of the city and school candidate contests. You’ll find biographical information and candidate photos alongside the candidates’ answers to our questions on key issues. Follow these links:


Boise: 3 City Council contests (in first-ever district voting)

Meridian: 3 City Council contests

Nampa: Mayor, 2 City Council contests

Caldwell: Mayor, 3 City Council contests

Eagle: 2 City Council contests

Kuna: 2 City Council contests (plus 1 uncontested seat)

Garden City: Mayor, 2 City Council contests

Star: 2 City Council contests

Middleton: 2 City Council contests


Nampa School Board: 3 races

West Ada School Board: 2 races

Kuna School Board: 2 races

Vallivue, Middleton and Caldwell School Boards: 7 races


Boise sewer bond: Including a rate increase


Ada County

Canyon County

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29.

Learn more about local elections at IdahoStatesman.com/Elections. Bookmark the page for fast access to our continuing coverage throughout this election.

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