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Recall Boise’s Mayor

Mayor McLean: “I would do anything necessary to protect Boise”

Even if that meant resigning from office?


A group of Boiseans filed a petition to Wednesday (7/15) with the Boise City Clerk. The petition includes language outlining why we MUST 

What does the petition say?

These are the justifications for the recall:

(This initiative is not affiliated with any political party or interest group. This movement is citizens from all walks of life who have united to recall the Mayor.)

Taking office in January 2020, McLean has abandoned her foundational duties to the citizens of Idaho’s capital city. In just over six months, McLean has managed to place Boise and its residents at serious risk.

A beautiful city with a cherished small-town atmosphere, Boise has a layered and diverse culture. The city has frequently been voted a top location in which to live, work and raise a family. 

McLean has ignored her oath of office, turned her back on law-abiding citizens. Instead she played politics. Rather than alleviating danger, she has exacerbated it. She ran on transparency and accountability- however her ” Seattle Style” has alarmed the citizens of Boise, who now demand she step down. 

Enough is enough. She refuses to listen to The People.  McLean will hear the citizens of Boise! 

“Only after she was elected to the office, we, the citizens of Boise, learned through her statements and the Final Transition Team Report that Mayor Mclean’s vision and intent for Boise does NOT represent the will or values of the people who elected her, e.g., Sex Education for Pre-K to 12th, FREE (taxpayer-Funded) Contraception and Abortion, Sanctuary City (ending coordination and collaboration of local police and all city government with ICE, and stop collecting and sharing any immigration data), Anti 2nd Amendment, to name a few. During the campaign, she was less than transparent to the registered electors of the City of Boise, hence, misleading the people to vote her into office. Her policy roadmap that is now disclosed to the people does not represent the will of the people and is not aligned with the values held by the citizens”

On Wednesday (7/15) morning, a group of activists filed a petition with the city clerk’s office to begin the recall process for McLean, with plans to file the petition for Sánchez at 3 p.m. Only 20 signatures were needed for each petition, but, after the county verifies those signatures, the organizers would need to collect over 26,000 more Boise voter signatures, per recall, in order for a recall election to be held.

Organizers say they felt McLean, elected in November, was not honest with the people of Boise in her campaign, where they said she portrayed herself as a moderate, and is instead governing as a far-left progressive in a way they do not approve of.

“We just simply believe we had a few people who campaigned in one way and went a totally opposite direction once they got the trust of the voters from the city of Boise,” said Karene Alton, an organizer, on Wednesday morning. “The directions these two ladies want to take the city is the wrong way.”

Alton and the other organizer Joe Filicetti, who also ran the campaign to recall former Mayor Brent Coles in 2001, said they objected to McLean’s orders to close businesses during the pandemic, her “non-support of police” and a controversial transition report referred by her critics as a “manifesto.”

The group’s objections to Council Member Sánchez, elected in 2017, are centered around recent statements she made in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police and the protests and counter protests that cropped up in Boise.

In early June, Sánchez wrote a post on her Facebook page directed at the parents of 18-year-old Michael Wallace, accused of firing his rifle in city limits while protesting against a a Black Lives Matter rally at the Idaho State Capitol on June 1.

“Your white child and the gun-wielding white youth are described as simply exercising their 1st and 2nd Amendment rights,” Sánchez wrote in the post. “Again, their whiteness allows this to go unchallenged, while Black and Brown people are subjected to harsh consequences and even killed for much less. Brown and Black parents would NEVER allow their children to do what your son did and these other white youth did.” Filicetti said her statements were unacceptable.

“If you exchanged the word white for brown or black or any other color of the rainbow, that’s blatantly racist,” he said. “That’s not someone I want making a decision for me, my friends or my business.”

McLean’s spokeswoman Karen Boe could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday. Sánchez declined to comment.

McLean has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks following her mask mandate last week, as well as the transition memo called “A More Equitable City for Everyone,” which conservatives fiercely opposed. It included suggestions from transition committee members such as making Boise a “sanctuary city,” free abortions and reproductive health care, sex education for students from pre-K through 12th grade and free internet across the city.

The transition report did not propose how the free abortions or reproductive health would be paid for if McLean chose to follow their suggestion.

These suggestions were some of 350 suggestions made by McLean’s six transition committees, which were all openly released to the public on her 100th day in office in mid-April. In response to the criticism around the report that surfaced over a month later at the end of May, McLean, during a press briefing, said they were not policy documents and many of the suggestions were things “a city just can’t do.”

McLean’s transition team envisions Boise as the next Portland, San Francisco

Idaho Freedom Foundation / DUSTIN HURST MAY 22, 2020

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is looking to mold the city of Boise from a sleepy capital to a regional hub of art, entertainment, commerce, and, apparently, communism. 

The details are in a report, “A more equitable city for everyone.” The document, released by the mayor’s office in April, flew under the radar as Boiseans dealt with the Coronavirus-induced chaos. On Friday, the Boise Guardian wrote about the report and deemed the document as “worthy of discussion.” 

Unfortunately for taxpayers and small business owners and ultimately customers, who would bear the brunt, McLean paints the picture of a Boise that looks something like Portland, Seattle, or San Francisco after she’s done with it. 

Her plan calls for the Boise government to immediately address housing hardships, caused by the political response to the Coronavirus pandemic, by sticking it to landlords. 

Her report highlights, among others, two steps to take now:

  • Prohibit any evictions during the Stay-Home Order time period, and,

  • Cancellation of rent and mortgages for all in Boise during the Stay-Home order.

  • The document doesn’t outline how that would occur or who would pay the bill for the cancelled rents and mortgages. Interestingly, the report does not suggest canceling property taxes during this period.

Further down the road, the document proposes a number of left-wing initiatives to fundamentally transform Boise into a socialist enclave. Among the transition team’s proposals: 

  • Create a network of multi-racial, multicultural community liaisons to provide ongoing leadership to the city

  • Ongoing equity and inclusion efforts, including but not limited to racial equity, white fragility and implicit bias training or book readings, especially for city personnel who do not identify being from communities impacted by marginalization. Engage in an ongoing assessment of impact of these efforts, e.g. were personnel policies reviewed and updated, etc.

  • Announce the creation of the City of Boise Human Rights Commission which integrates restorative justice practices and processes that honor our Indigenous cultural ways of governance and processes for addressing harm

  • End coordination and collaboration of localities (police, all city government) with ICE and end local practices of inquiring about immigration status, collect immigration data or share immigration data with any person.

  • Commit the City of Boise to an ongoing and robust efforts to interrupt white dominant/white supremacist culture with a multi-layered strategy and designate a full-time City of Boise staff person to serve as Director of Equitable, Safer and Thriving City

  • Practice spaciousness and welcome the whole selves of all City of Boise employees to foster creativity and nurture our collective humanity, e.g. consider more flexible working hours when feasible, reduce the number of work hours per week, etc.

  • Provide free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings to members of our communities impacted by marginalization.

  • Increase minimum wage to a livable wage that aligns with the local housing market

  • A 30 percent increase in women in leadership positions and an 30 percent increase in leadership of people from communities impacted by marginalization.

  • Integrate Universal Design as the standard for all city-owned facilities, including retroactively remodeling current city-owned structures to comply with universal design standards.

  • Provide city-wide free Internet

  • A cultural center with studios for people from diverse backgrounds and creative practices, performance spaces, rehearsal spaces all supported by city and public/private sources.

  • Free contraception as defined by the CDC, abortion and reproductive health care.

  • Collaborate with the Boise School District to establish sex education at pre-k level – 12th.

There’s much more to dislike about this report and its goals. The Idaho Freedom Foundation invites you to read the whole document by clicking here.

The Mayor’s Manifesto

Mayor McLean Releases Transition Reports and 100-Day Report

On April 16, Mayor Lauren McLean released the citizen-centered transition committee reports and her 100 Day report. “I am committed to finding opportunity in the challenges we’re experiencing and to keeping that special spark of Boise alive, working together with each of you to help shape and protect this singular place for every generation that follows. Here in Boise, Idaho, I believe it is possible to foster a 21st-century city for everyone.”



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What happens now?

Once the 20 signatures on the initial recall petition are validated, the group will have 75 days to collect additional signatures from registered Boise voters. Idaho State Code says to recall a city officeholder like McLean, the group would need to collect a signature from 20% of the number of “registered electors” in the last general city election. According to data from the Ada County Clerk, there were 130,539 registered voters in November. This means the group will need to collect 26,108 signatures by about Monday, September 28.

If they get the signatures, then what?

The group must then turn in the signatures collected to the Boise City Clerk. That office would then work to certify the signatures. Each signature must include the person’s name and address. Any person not living in the Boise city limits, or not registered to vote, will not count.

If you need assistance registering or verifying that your VOTE counts you can easily find the necessary information @ Vote

A special election?

When the petition gathers the needed signatures, and once the clerk certifies enough are valid, the officeholder, in this case McLean, would then be given the chance to resign within five days. If they do not, a special election would be held.

Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane said petition organizers would need to turn in signatures about 20 business days before the state deadline to add a recall to the November ballot. This is time needed for his office to verify signatures and certify the petition is valid. The cutoff date is September 21 – 20 business days before that is August 28.

When the organizers turn in the required signatures and they are deemed valid after the deadline, a recall election would not take place until March 2021.

Is it a simple majority?

A simple majority – NO.

From the Idaho Secretary of State: “To recall any officer, a majority of the votes cast at the special recall election must be in favor of such recall, and additionally, the number of votes cast in favor of the recall, must equal or exceed the votes cast at the last general election for that officer.”

In simpler terms – to VOTE McLean out, more folks would have to vote to recall her than voted for her in the last general election. That means at least 23,670 people would need to VOTE for her recall, one more vote than she received last November. It would also need to be a majority of the ballots cast in the special election.

Q & A:

Can petitions be put out at businesses?

The Idaho Secretary of State notes that all petitions must be witnessed by a signature gatherer: “Petitions cannot be left on a counter, unattended, for people to read and sign. All signatures must be witnessed by the signature gatherer.”

If the signatures are gathered, certified and enough people VOTE for the recall, who would replace her?

The voters would not get a say. Instead, the Boise City Council would choose a new mayor from among its membership. Council President Elaine Clegg, Council President Pro Tem Holli Woodings and members Patrick Bageant, Jimmy Hallyburton, Lisa Sanchez, and TJ Thomson would each be eligible. Voters in Boise could then vote for a new mayor, or could re-elect the elevated council member, in 2023.

Has this happened before?

Yes. A group of citizens worked to recall one-time Boise Mayor Brent Coles after he was suspected of breaking the law. He later resigned his office and was convicted. The organizers of that recall handed in 26,000 signatures (they needed 18,693 at the time due to a smaller electorate in 2003). The city clerk never certified the recall, because Coles resigned before it was necessary.

Recent statements made by Mayor Mclean.

May 2020

“There are things a city just can’t do,” McLean said in May. “These are not policy documents – they are reports to my administration. There were 350 recommendations across those six reports. I wanted the public to see what I had seen and the diversity of thought and opinion in our community.”

“I’m disappointed that one subcommittee in my transition report was singled out by an advocacy group,” she said in May. “I’ve said I want to be transparent in the information I receive, and respect and honor the work of 72 volunteers and the hard work in their transition reports. The Idaho Freedom Foundation picked up one report of six. They are dividing our community at a time we need to come together around economic recovery and deep and serious challenges we have. That’s my focus and the focus of our city.”

July 2020

“The transition is over. We have real challenges that I am addressing with the community and my team every day. Boiseans understand that transition reports, that ideas, freely thought of ideas by residents suggested to me – are just that. Ideas. If anyone has thoughts about them, I want to hear them, and we’ve heard from folks,” she said. “They know who I am, they elected me twice and I hear from residents often how important it is what I prioritized. Our budget for 2021 makes it clear the values I have and the priorities I have that I know will make a difference for our residents.”


In order to inform and educate yourself please listen to Mayor Mclean’s Podcast with BoiseDev and watch her YouTube video regarding her 2021 proposed budget. The Mayor’s answers and non-answers in the Podcast are very important and truly telling to say the least. After watching the YouTube video there are several things we need to question, but the biggest issue is her proposal to convert 3 million dollars previously approved for the voter-vetoed Sports Park to her liberal committees and project slush funds. Mayor Mclean pats herself on the back for NOT proposing tax increases (then flip flopped). However, she voted to approve those funds as a Councilmember and I believe we can all agree those funds should be returned to the taxpayer in the form of property tax relief. Voters spoke loud and clear that we did NOT want a Taj Mahal library and the City is seeing tremendous increased revenues with continued rising property values. Why does City Hall need to keep or reallocate the funds voters overwhelmingly told them we didn’t want spent on impractical projects? This deception or slight of hand trickery should have everyone in Boise very concerned. Mayor Mclean says “I don’t even know who these people are” when asked about the recall efforts yet she keeps referring to a City for everyone! 

Listen to (7/17/2020) Podcast Here

View the budget (7/17/2020) YouTube Video Here


Recall petitions filed for Boise Mayor McLean, City Council Member Lisa Sanchez

McLean has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks following her mask mandate, as well as the transition memo called “A More Equitable City for Everyone.


Some Idahoans are trying to kick Mayor Lauren McLean and Boise City Council Member Lisa Sanchez to the curb.

On Wednesday, the Idaho Press reports a group of activists filed a petition to begin the process of trying to recall McLean and give voters the opportunity to remove them from office in a special election if they do not choose to resign. The petition to was filed Wednesday morning and the petition to recall Sanchez was filed later that afternoon.

‘I am not going to be distracted’: Boise mayor responds to recall effort

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean discussed the recall effort during a virtual conversation with the City Club of Boise.


Boise mayor Lauren McLean responded to the recall effort against her on Thursday (7/16).

A group of Boise residents wants to recall the mayor, claiming she is not running the city the way she said she would during her campaign.

McLean took part in a virtual conversation with the City Club of Boise, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization aiming to provide a place where citizens can discuss and learn about issues.



An elected official can be recalled in Idaho if a petition is filed with the city clerk’s office with signatures from 20 eligible voters in city limits.

Signature gathering: 

After approval, supporters of the recall petition have 75 days to gather signatures of registered voters within city limits equivalent to 20% of registered voters in the locality as of the last general election. In Boise that is approximately 26,108. If enough signatures are gathered, the elected official has five days to step down or they will be subject to a special election.

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If you reside within Boise limits in an incorporated area, you are eligible to register to vote which then allows you to sign the petition.


 THE PETITION is ready!  THE official petition HAS been  created that will need a little more than 27,000 signatures which will then be presented to the County Clerk for processing. See the HOME PAGE to download the petition- PLEASE follow the instructions!



Should the petition garner enough signatures and Lauren McLean NOT resign, a special election will be held where you will be able to vote her out of office.

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