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Garden City Council elections: Higgins announces candidacy; Simko, Souza seek re-election

Former state representative Elfreda Higgins announced Sunday that she plans to run for city council in November. Higgins previously served on the council from 2006 to 20011.Elfreda Higgins

“I have been actively involved and fully engaged in the Garden City community for 14 years, serving in many capacities not only as a City Council member and member of the state legislature but as a volunteer in numerous local committees and organizations. My passion is truly with local government and I am very excited to move forward with this chapter of my life.”

The Garden City Democrat has a bachelor’s degree in business management.  She was a senior manager at a natural gas utility company prior to moving to Idaho.

She served as assistant minority leader in the Idaho House of Representatives and is currently a member of the Garden City Planning & Zoning Board and the Library Foundation Board.

On Monday, Councilman Jeff Souza  announced that he will seek his third term on the Garden City Council. He was first elected to the council in 2005, then re-elected in 2009. Jeff Souza

“When I first ran for the council in 2005, I pledged that I would emphasize four areas: proper redevelopment in the city; support for local community policing; more citizen access to elected officials; and strengtening of the city’s fiscal resources.  I have kept that pledge in the past and will do so in the future as Garden City continues to evolve as a vibrant  and vigorous residential and business community.”

Souza, 45, has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. He is principal and co-founder of Riverside Associates Financial Group, an affiliate of Raymond James Financial Services.

Souza was council president in 2008 and 2009. He has served on the city’s Parks & Waterways Committee and is currently vice chairman of the Garden City Urban Renewal Agency.

Also seeking re-election Nov. 5 are Councilwoman Kathleen Simko and Mayor John Evans.




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