Election Central

Boise’s North, East End Dem lawmakers hosting town hall Thursday

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb and Reps. Mat Erpelding and Holli Woodings and will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roosevelt Elementary School for the first of three town halls where they’ll field questions from constituents.

The three District 19 Democrats also have scheduled 7 p.m. forums on Feb. 13 at Longfellow Elementary and March 5 at the Hidden Springs Community Center.

The public is invited and encouraged to engage with their elected officials, says District 19 Democratic Chairman Tony Shallat.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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