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New Boise City Councilmember Luci Willits can’t hide how she’s feeling. She took a sip of her iced tea, wrinkling her face at the taste. Later, when asked about whether she wants more Republicans on the Boise City Council down the line, her eyes got wide. “Absolutely!” Willits said.

In a deep-red state, the Boise City Council stands out for how blue it is. Many members have been from the same couple of neighborhoods, including, for example, the North End. But Boise is now required to vote via district elections and Willits is the first success story for the Idaho Republican Party since the change. For Willits, the geographical diversity is also important.

Luci Willits

Luci Willits grew up in Grant and graduated from Idaho State University. She had a brief career in journalism before becoming press secretary for Rep. Mike Simpson. She now works in the private sector for an educational research company, which she’s balancing with her work with the Boise City Council.

Luci Willits

Boise City Council member Luci Willits talks with a homeowner during a Habitat for Humanity event in northwest Boise on Thursday.

Carolyn Komatsoulis covers Boise, Meridian and Ada County. Contact her at 208-465-8107 and follow her on Twitter @CKomatsoulis.

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