Toni Hardesty, State Director
The Nature Conservancy of Idaho
Brice Sloan, Co-chair
Yes! Yes! For Boise campaign
At his State of the City Address in June, Mayor Dave Bieter surprised his audience by proposing a bond measure that might pay for several city initiatives. After a series of hearings, the Boise City Council voted to put two measures on the Nov. 5, 2013, ballot. One, focusing on public safety, authorizes the city to borrow up to $17 million for upgrades to four fire stations. The second would commit $10 million for open space and $5.5 million for improvements in parks in the Central and West Bench neighborhoods. Each bond requires a two-thirds super-majority of votes to pass. For homeowners in Boise with an average-priced home, about $184,000, the city estimates the two new bonds would cost about $12 each year.
Mayor Dave Bieter was born in Boise, and for as long as he can remember, he says he wanted to serve as mayor of his hometown. That goal was realized in 2003, when he won election to City Hall on the first ballot. He was re-elected in 2007 and in 2011, making him one of only a handful of mayors in Boise’s history to win the office three or more times. Bieter is a graduate of Bishop Kelly High School, the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the University of Idaho College of Law. He has served as a municipal attorney in Idaho and five sessions in the Idaho House of Representatives.
Toni Hardesty is the state director of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, a non-profit conservation organization. From 2004 to 2012, Hardesty was the Director of Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality, serving under three governors. Toni has also worked in the private sector as environmental consultant. She is an Idaho native and a graduate of Boise State University. She and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy backpacking, hiking, skiing, fishing and exploring the special places in Idaho.
Brice Sloan founded Sloan Security Group (SSG) in 1991 and Sloan Security Technologies (SST) in 2010 with his father and three brothers. SSG is considered one the top five physical security providers in the United States. In 2000, Brice had the opportunity to serve in the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. His interests include running, reading, coffee, architecture, traveling, and parenting his two young children.