PRESS RELEASE: Conservation Voters for Idaho endorses incumbents Colin Nash and Meredith Stead

2023 Endorsement Press Releases

Conservation Voters for Idaho endorses incumbents Colin Nash and Meredith Stead

Non-profit throws support behind Boise City Council Members for their conservation efforts

(Boise, Idaho) – Today, Conservation Voters for Idaho, the only conservation organization in Idaho that directly works to elect candidates to office, announced its endorsement of Colin Nash and Meredith Stead. 

This is the final round of early endorsements that CVI will announce this year before announcing their full slate of endorsements in September. The organization endorsed Boise Mayor Lauren McLean in June, and Boise City Council President Jimmy Hallyburton and Meridian City Council Member Elizabeth Strader in July. 

“Both Nash and Stead have shown their consistent support for Boise’s outdoor spaces, and have worked to find unique solutions that help Boise stay affordable and sustainable despite our city’s significant growth,” said Rialin Flores, Executive Director of Conservation Voters for Idaho. “CVI has been lucky to partner with both city council members in various capacities over the years.” 

Each year, Conservation Voters for Idaho provides independent, bipartisan information to the public on which municipal and state office candidates will champion the conservation issues Idahoans are concerned with: protecting Idaho’s air, water and open space. Candidates are evaluated along the following criteria: knowledge of conservation issues, potential effectiveness to advance sound conservation policy if/when elected to office.

Meredith Stead was appointed to Boise City Council on Aug. 10 to fill a vacancy left by former Council President Holli Woodings. Before that, Stead served on the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission since 2018. During that time, she worked to protect Boise’s open spaces, create walkable neighborhoods, and provide Boiseans with a variety of housing options. Stead also supported the passage of Boise’s Modern Zoning Code. 

Since being appointed to Boise City Council in April, Colin Nash has fought to improve multi-modal transportation, increase tree canopy and protect Boise’s open spaces. He also was instrumental in passing Boise’s Modern Zoning Code. During his time in the Idaho Legislature, Nash helped pass the largest investment in Idaho’s public lands, S1196, and helped fund efforts that support farmers and help conserve water across the state. 

“CVI looks forward to supporting both candidates as they seek election in November and continue to improve the lives of Boiseans,” said Flores.

Conservation Voters for Idaho will be announcing the rest of its endorsements in mid-September. 

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Conservation Voters for Idaho is a statewide bipartisan organization that creates the political environment to protect our natural environment. Conservation Voters for Idaho protects Idaho’s quality of life by electing pro-conservation candidates, advocating for sound environmental policies and holding politicians accountable for their votes on conservation issues. Learn more at