KUNA — Two Kuna City Council incumbents narrowly won reelection Tuesday.

With all nine precincts reporting, incumbents Greg McPherson and Briana Buban-Vonder Haar have been reelected to four-year terms, according to unofficial election results. The third-place finisher could fund a recount, according to an Ada County election official.

Voters chose from five candidates.

The top vote-getter was McPherson, who received 608 votes, or 27%.

The race for the second seat was decided by just 13 votes: Buban-Vonder Haar, the current city council president, received 560 votes, or 24.5%.

Chris Bruce, a newcomer to local politics, came in third place with 547 votes, or 23.9%.

According to Chelsea Carattini, communications specialist with the Ada County Clerk’s Office, the 13-vote difference did not trigger an automatic recount — it did not meet the one-tenth of 1% threshold required for an automatic recount.

However, Bruce could request a recount at his own expense. Bruce would pay $100 per-precinct to recount any or all precincts, Carattini said.

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Kuna’s mayor, Joe Stear, also was up for reelection. He ran unopposed and received 1,160 votes.

McPherson was elected to the city council in 2015. He is a lifetime Kuna resident and farmer, according to the city’s website. McPherson served two decades as a firefighter with the Kuna Rural Fire District.

This will be McPherson’s second term on the city council.

Buban-Vonder Haar is an attorney who has served on the Kuna City Council since 2012 and as council president since 2018. According to a candidate survey, her top three goals are:

  • Continue to support economic development while maintaining existing businesses;
  • Pursue additional recreational opportunities for Kuna youth;
  • Finish the city’s comprehensive plan rewrite by making necessary modifications to Kuna’s planning and zoning regulations.

“As an attorney, I bring a unique and important perspective to council,” she said in the survey. “I understand city code, the comprehensive plan and the need to have legally defensible reasons for approving or denying applications, and I consistently apply these principles.”

Ramona Martin received 391 votes, or 17%.

Mikey Losh received 179 votes, or 8%.

Ryan Suppe is the Meridian reporter for the Idaho Press. Contact him at 208-465-8119. Follow him on Twitter @salsuppe.

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