Rep. Joe Palmer

Rep. Joe Palmer

Idaho Rep. Joe Palmer, a six-term Republican lawmaker from Meridian, will run for mayor this fall.

Palmer told the Idaho Press earlier this month he was considering a run, and he named a political treasurer May 9. On Tuesday he’ll formally announce his run at Cherry’s Consignment, the furniture store he owns with his wife, Leslie. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

He joins two others so far in the mayor’s race: Meridian City Councilwoman Anne Little Roberts, the former head of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce; and Meridian Mayor Chief of Staff Robert Simison.

Simison, Little Roberts

Robert Simison and Anne Little Roberts have announced their candidacy for mayor of Meridian.

Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced in February she won’t seek a fifth term.

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The window to file as a candidate for the Nov. 5 election doesn’t open until Aug. 26, but candidates can name political treasurers now.

Simison’s political treasurer is Gary Raney, a retired Republican Ada County sheriff who now works in criminal justice consulting. Little Roberts named Clarence Jones of Meridian as her treasurer. Palmer named Jeff C. Black of Meridian as political treasurer for his committee, Palmer for Meridian, chaired by Brett McKenna.

Meridian State of the City

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announces 2019 will be her final year as mayor at the closing of her State of the City address, Feb. 6, 2019, at the Galaxy Events Center at Wahooz. Elected in 2003, De Weerd said she will not seek a fifth term.

Palmer has served in the Idaho Legislature since 2009, in District 20’s House Seat A. His current term expires at the end of 2020. He chairs three committees: Transportation and Defense; Business; and State Affairs.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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