Conservation Voters for Idaho 2019 Endorsements

Conservation Voters for Idaho is proud to present our candidate endorsements for Idaho’s upcoming 2019 election on November 5. We hope you find the following Conservation Voter Guide as a useful tool before heading to the polls and making your vote count for Idaho’s natural environment. 

Download our Conservation Voter Guide Here

The November 5 election comes at a unique time in Idaho’s environmental history. Our incredible outdoor heritage and vast outdoor recreational opportunities have always made Idaho an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family, but because of that, we’ve experienced unprecedented growth in our communities. Growth that places enormous pressure on our open space, public land access, and clean air and water. Idahoans need to ensure we elect bold leaders in local government who will fight to protect what makes Idaho…well, Idaho. 

Like you, all of us here at Conservation Voters for Idaho share a deep passion for protecting Idaho’s environment and, like you, we know that the best chance we have in that endeavor is to elect strong conservation champions to office.

Endorsed Candidates

Boise City Mayor

Lauren McLean

Interested in learning more about our endorsement decision for Council President Lauren McLean? Read a letter written by Conservation Voters for Idaho’s board of directors chair, Mike Lanza here.

Boise City Council

City Council Seat 1: Patrick Bageant

City Council Seat 3: Meredith Stead

City Council Seat 5: Elaine Clegg

Eagle City Mayor

Stan Ridgeway

Eagle City Council

Jill Mitchell

Hailey City Council

Sam Linnet

Juan Martinez


Michael David


Elizabeth Strader


Sandra Kelly

Maureen Laflin

Anne Zabala


Jennifer Salmonsen

About Our Endorsement Process

To ensure Conservation Voters for Idaho endorses the best possible conservation candidates, our volunteer Board of Directors with staff support conduct a multi-step review process and criteria for selection. 

Candidates are evaluated along the following criteria: knowledge of conservation issues, potential effectiveness to advance conservation issues if/when elected to office and propensity to be a true champion on our issues. “Best” conservation candidates are not just those candidates who represent themselves as the most pro-environment, but who will best advance the effort to protect Idaho’s environment. As a bipartisan organization, we select candidates regardless of political party. 

Our endorsement begins at the staff level where campaign staff distribute questionnaires to candidates across the state, along with our “Issues Briefing” document which outlines Conservation Voters for Idaho’s policy priorities. All candidates are invited to participate in the process and fill out the questionnaire. Questionnaire responses are evaluated by our Endorsement Task Force, which is composed of select members of the Conservation Voters for Idaho Board of Directors and supported by staff. If the task force needs further clarification from the questionnaire responses, follow up activities occur which could include in-person interviews or reference checks.

Based on the questionnaire responses, the personal interview, candidate’s platforms on conservation issues and other criteria guidelines listed above, the Endorsement Task Force votes on their endorsement recommendations. Those approved recommendations are then taken to Conservation Voters for Idaho’s Board of Directors for a final vote.