PRESS RELEASE: Conservation wins in Idaho’s municipal elections

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Idaho voters took to the polls to elect pro-conservation candidates

Yesterday, Idaho voters turned out to the polls to elect 14 pro-conservation candidates in local races across the state

“Voters have overwhelmingly shown their support for these candidates who ran on the platform of protecting Idaho’s clean air and water, community parks, trails, farmland and open space,” Conservation Voters for Idaho Executive Director Rialin Flores said.

Conservation Voters for Idaho Action Fund, a statewide nonpartisan organization working to elect conservation candidates to office, conducted electoral work in support of 18 endorsed candidates in the 2023 Municipal Election. All endorsed candidates go through a rigorous endorsement process that evaluates each candidate’s conservation values on growth, clean energy, outdoor access, open space and more. 

“Idahoans once again stood up for the natural environment at the polls, electing candidates that ran on pro-conservation platforms and demonstrated commitment to our land, water, and air for future generations,” Flores said. 

The following endorsed candidates won their respective races:

Boise MayorLauren McLean
Boise City Council D2Colin Nash
Boise City Council D4Jordan Morales
Boise City Council D5Meredith Stead
Boise City Council D6Jimmy Hallyburton
Meridian City Council D2Liz Strader
Garden City City CouncilKent Rasmussen
Bellevue MayorChris Johnson
Ketchum City CouncilTrip Hutchinson
Hailey City CouncilDustin Stone
Sun Valley City CouncilJane Conard
Pocatello City CouncilHayden Paulsen
Idaho Falls City CouncilJohn Radford
Moscow City CouncilBryce Blankenship

Conservation Voters for Idaho Action Fund mobilized voters in support of their endorsed candidates through a variety of strategies, including the knocking of over 11,800 doors. 

“With the encouragement and support from thousands of supporters across the state, Conservation Voters for Idaho ensured conservation remained at the top of Idahoans’ priorities for the 2023 general election,” said Flores. 

About Conservation Voters for Idaho Action Fund

Conservation Voters for Idaho Action Fund is the political arm of Conservation Voters for Idaho and works to elect conservation champions at the city, county and state levels to protect Idaho’s air, land, wildlife and water. We leverage our political power to elect public officials who value conservation, regardless of their party affiliation. Our funding comes from people who care about the environment and our natural heritage.