Re-Elect TJ Thomson for Boise City Council
Boise City Council Member in ID http://www.tj4boise.com
12451 W. Abram Dr.
Public Phone Number: 208-559-6010
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2013-11-05 General Election Date: 2013-11-05
Who am I?
TJ was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. After graduating from Idaho Falls High School, he volunteered for active duty in the U.S. Air Force, serving honorably as a B-1 Bomber Avionics Technician Specialist in Abilene, Texas. Following military service, TJ attended Boise State University (BSU), becoming heavily involved in both the Boise community, through volunteer service activities, and the university policy making process, as BSU Student Body President. TJ graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Minor in Communication, and then continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, attaining a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Degree in Policy Analysis and Public Management. TJ is also a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors.
TJ has built over a decade of experience at the federal, state, and private levels in policy analysis, program evaluation, and internal auditing. At the federal level, with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington D.C., he worked as a Space Policy Analyst on NASA programs – focusing heavily on finding tax payer savings on costly government initiatives, as well as improvements to Space Shuttle safety. In 2004, he performed an in-depth analysis resulting in a one-billion dollar government savings, receiving special commendation and team service awards, as well as a personal recognition award from the U.S. Comptroller General for “outstanding achievement”. While working in Washington DC, TJ also served as a Human Rights Commissioner, was trained as a community mediator, and helped organize the annual Martin Luther King Celebration.
Upon returning to Idaho, TJ worked for the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE) as a Program Evaluator. OPE is a nonpartisan, independent office that serves the Legislature by evaluating whether state government programs and agencies are operating efficiently, could operate more cost-effectively, and are achieving intended results. In a testimony before the Idaho Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, he described efforts by Idaho education agencies to develop a student information system and detailed future IT education needs for the committee. Presently, TJ works for Idaho Power Company as a Certified Internal Auditor – a role that focuses on the efficient use of resources and the integration of controls to promote ethical and open company practices.
TJ has been happily married for over a decade to his wife, Alisha. Together, they enjoy the many wonderful aspects of living in Idaho, including: fishing, skiing, boating, and biking and hiking in Boise’s beautiful foothills. The couple also enjoys scuba diving together and camping all across Idaho in the great outdoors. Alisha is a Hair Stylist at Panache Hair Studio and Day Spa in Boise. TJ and Alisha are presently in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.
Why am I running?
I am running for re-election to the Boise City Council because I love this city and want to continue efforts to make it the most livable city in America. I was first inspired to run in 2009. Over the last four years, I have kept my promises to you, helping to strengthen Boise in the following ways:
•Spear-headed first Living Wage Policy in Idaho. Setting a standard for local businesses to follow.
•Added thousands of acres of open space in our beautiful foothills to the protected column.
•Increased park space, including additional dog parks and expanded off-leash hours.
•Expanded recreational opportunities, including the new Whitewater River Park.
•Protected worker’s safety by eliminating smoking in bars.
•Strengthened public safety. Crime rates are at historic lows in the City of Boise.
•Our bus system will soon expand services – accomplished during difficult economic times.
•A strengthened recycling program, to include no-sort recycling and a glass pick-up option.
•Implemented the vast majority of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies, as recommended for climate protection.
•Protected all citizens from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
•Assisted public education initiatives.
•Improved sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Increased cyclist safety on our streets.
•Worked to attract new businesses to the area (garnering one of the lowest unemployment rates in Idaho).
We have made great strides over the last four years. I am running to keep our city moving forward!
1 - Protecting our Quality of Life and Preserving Open Spaces
• Lead the way on healthy initiatives, specifically addressing the child obesity epidemic.
• Increased focus on citywide sustainability projects, green initiatives, and the wise use of natural resources.
• Continue building a community that is attractive and livable, with ample parks and open space.
• Growth that works in concert with our Comprehensive Plan (Blueprint Boise)
• Build strong neighborhoods with affordable, high-quality housing opportunities, throughout Boise.
• Keep our water clean and improve our air quality.
I have taken the lead on healthy initiative efforts on our Council and have an ordinance in the works that integrates reductions in screen time, integrates nutrition and physical activity standards into our Child Care Licensing program so as to reduce child obesity levels in Boise. Our Council & Mayor are also engaged in a comprehensive effort to integrate sustainable practices throughout every city program and have implemented such practices into new buildings and public structures.
2 - A Public Transportation System for Today and Tomorrow
• Support viable transportation alternatives for the future.
• Continue to strengthen our bus system.
• Improved safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians on our roadways.
We have expanded bus services during difficult economic times and I have stood as a strong proponent of Local Option Tax authority – something we have not been granted in Idaho by our State Legislature. Local tax authority would allow us to build a public transportation system to meet future demands.
3 - A Strong, Diverse Economy
• Protect and attract living wage jobs and spark new business growth and investment.
• Continued focus on small business start-ups and long-term economic opportunities.
• Provide businesses with the infrastructure they need to thrive, removing barriers that hinder their success.
I have briefed Council on economic initiatives that have worked well in our most thriving cities across America – ideas I brought back from the National League of Cities Conference in Boston – including additional incubators and start-up accelerators where businesses can thrive. As well as an innovation district in the downtown area, in concert with Boise State University, where businesses can work together and grow together as we progress out of the great recession. Boise can boast one of the lowest unemployment rates in Idaho and I will keep working hard to see every citizen that wants a job has one. My emphasis is on living wage jobs, to match the Living Wage Policy I spearheaded in Boise – the first to be implemented in the State of Idaho.
My DFA Values
Community: My priority is to make Boise the healthiest city in America - specifically addressing the child obesity epidemic we face as a nation. My campaign is based on grass-roots support and people-powered. My campaign funds will come primarily from smaller donations from multiple individuals, rather than a small number of large corporate donations. My policies go directly towards helping at the community level. I have regularly supported a balanced budget each year on Council and serve as a steward of fiscal responsibility. We have stood strong behind education and recently passed a resolution in support of school bonds to support K-12 in need of increased funding (the bonds were successful).
Security: I am a military veteran that served honorably in the United States Air Force. We can boast historically low crime rates. We have a plan in place to reduce chronic homelessness over the next 10 years (adding personal security to those most in need). I have broad support from the Boise Firefighters, due to my years of support for safety on the City Council. I helped to add financial security to our citizens by implementing the first Living Wage Policy in Idaho (assuring all city employees receive a living wage and setting an example for local businesses to follow.) It is a priority to continue to strengthen the middle class (Boise can boast one of the lowest unemployment rates in Idaho).
Liberty: Personal freedoms have been protected in my time in office and are openly discussed in the campaign. I am a patriotic American that believes in open government, direct input from the citizens I represent, and protecting personal liberties. Recently, our City Council assured no one will ever be fired in Boise because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, by passing an Gender Equality Ordinance.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Our campaign has received the endorsement of most progressive office holders in the State of Idaho.
Our campaign has received the support of Boise Fire Local 149 union.
Our campaign will reach out to all citizens, to share my work to date and vision for the future of Boise.
TJ is proud to be endorsed by the following:
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter
Boise Council President Maryanne Jordan
Boise Council Pro Tem David Eberle
Boise Council Member Elaine Clegg
Boise Council Member Ben Quintana
Boise Council Member Lauren McLean
Former Boise Council Member/Ada Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt
Former Boise Council Member Jerome Mapp
Former Boise Council Member Anne Hausrath
Former Boise Council Member Ralph J. McAdams
Former Governor Cecil D. Andrus
The Honorable Bethine Church
Former Congressman Walt Minnick
Former Congressman Richard H. Stallings
Former Congressman Larry LaRocco
Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Marilyn Howard
Former Idaho State Controller J.D. Williams
Former Idaho Attorney General Tony Park
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Betty Richardson
Boise School District Public Official AJ Balukoff
ACHD Commissioner Jim Hansen
Former Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Jana Jones
Senator Elliot Werk (Assistant Minority Leader)
Senator Les Bock
Senator Branden J. Durst
Former Senator Gail Bray
Former Senator Nicole LeFavour
Former Senator Mike Burkett
Representative John Rusche (Minority Leader)
Representative Susuan B. "Sue" Chew
Representative Phylis K. King
Representative Shirley G. Ringo
Representative Elaine Smith
Former Representative James D. Ruchti
Former Representative Bill M. Killen
Former Representative Donna H. Boe
Former Representative Brian Cronin
Former Representative Elfreda Higgins
Former Representative Wendy Jaquet
Former Representative Anne Pasley-Stuart
Former Representative Margaret Henbest
Former Representative Steve Scanlin
Former Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brady
Former Congressional Candidate Larry Grant