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Nampa mayor: Bob Henry wins by 113 votes

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:05 am

NAMPA — After 12 years as mayor, incumbent Tom Dale will give up his seat to challenger Bob Henry in January.

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  • Trebuchet posted at 9:15 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Trebuchet Posts: 405

    The math tells me that those against Tom Dale amounted to 56% of those who voted in Nampa. A pretty significant number of those who cast votes that did not go to Tom Dale. Mr. Muse was a voter splitting candidate and most people knew it. The only question was; would he pull enough to insure Tom got another term or could Mr. Henry win in spite of Mr. Muse.

  • Trebuchet posted at 9:10 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Trebuchet Posts: 405

    Congratulations to Bob Henry for overcoming the vote splitting effort of Mr. Muse. In any election you have those for the incumbent and those against the incumbent. When there is more than one person running as the "against" it splits the vote. Mr. Muse fortunately was not able to pull enough votes in his column to insure another term for Tom Dale. Now Mr. Henry can take office with a city council that is like minded for the most part and get Nampa back on sound fiscal ground.

    A big thanks to all that helped Mr. Henry pull off this upset.

  • BobHenry posted at 6:20 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    BobHenry Posts: 31

    Why do you think I would have demanded a recount? The truth is that I would have called Tom, congratulated him on his victory and moved on.

  • hindsight posted at 5:43 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    hindsight Posts: 17

    Mr. Gopher needs to look at Henry's financial supporters, contractors and realtors. Doesn't take an imagination to figure out where this is all going ... oh well, Henry will be quite entertaining and certainly will create problems where there isn't any. Remember what they called him as a school board chairman -- drama queen.

  • jens144 posted at 1:37 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    jens144 Posts: 10

    Clintola, At least you aren't passing judgement on a man you don't even know.

  • Clintola1 posted at 1:27 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Clintola1 Posts: 12

    You might do some research into where Dale's campaign contributions came from before you start spouting off. You have no idea exactly how much was contributed and on top of that, Henry received contributions from very similar people.

  • Clintola1 posted at 1:21 pm on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Clintola1 Posts: 12

    Tom bowed out with class and humility, which is exactly what I expected from a man who ran a clean, attack ad-free campaign. The smart money would be that Henry would've demanded a recount.

  • unitsdad posted at 9:01 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    unitsdad Posts: 448

    He won, deal with it. This is why I asked Muse and Mel to pull out of the running because they have no chance of winning, but could only serve to take a few important votes away from one of the two viable candidates.

  • Mister Gopher posted at 7:59 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Mister Gopher Posts: 684

    And what would that look like, Mr Broncop3t3? Should Mayor Henry be fiscally prudent just 45% of the time and then pander to big money campaign contributors, like police and fire unions or developers? Should Mayor Henry continue to place more debt, and raise more taxes, on just those who voted for the incumbent? Would that be a mandate that you could support? Candidate Henry said that he is going to hold City staff accountable and be fiscally conservative. How can you argue against that? Shouldn't that be the mandate for any mayor? Or would you prefer a mayor that can be influenced to pick winners and losers in our community? Mayor Henry does have a mandate... to do those things he campaigned on and to be equally fair to all the people in our community.

  • MrHitt posted at 7:33 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    MrHitt Posts: 1368

    Irinic that Dale first won office in a run-off election because he didn't have more than 50% of the vote, but then lost to amn who will take office with only 45% of the vote because the run-off rule is no longer in effect. This is not in support of Dale, but to prevent what will be constant reminders to Henry that he didn't get a true majority of the vote. Have the run-off, give the victor the mandate.

  • broncop3t3 posted at 6:56 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    broncop3t3 Posts: 98

    Mr. Henry needs to remember how close this election was. He did not win with a mandate. He needs to govern for the entire city not just the 45% of people who voted for him.

  • unitsdad posted at 6:25 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    unitsdad Posts: 448

    Congratulations Mel on cracking that 2% line! [smile]


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