John McGee 2011 IPT file photo

John McGee

Never mind that the city provision in question has never been invoked in its 30 years on the books, or that numerous other candidates have been elected to the Caldwell City Council with less than 50% of the vote without a runoff election; Caldwell is calling for one now, after disgraced former state Sen. John McGee won a council seat with 39% of the vote. Mayor Garrett Nancolas said there has never been a runoff election for any office in the city's history, writes Idaho Press reporter Erin Bamer.

"The city has had this law for 30 years, and they have not been following it," said Caldwell resident Kristianna McAlister.

The city's legal team sent an official statement confirming the news shortly after noon, Bamer reports; the date for the runoff hasn't yet been set. The statement followed about three days of confusion from residents and local officials about whether a runoff was permitted. You can read Bamer's full report here at idahopress.com (subscription required).

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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