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Friday, April 04, 2014
Longest Current Serving ACHD Commissioner to Retire; John Franden Not Running for Re-election in 2014

John Franden, currently ACHD president and a 12-year veteran of the Commission, announced Thursday that he will not be on the November ballot.

After nearly a dozen years in office, Franden, 66, said he felt he has accomplished much he set out to do and believes it is time to make way for someone else.

"I have come to appreciate that we must all work together to make Ada County a better place to live," Franden said. "The ACHD Commission is not one person – it is five Commissioners and a wonderful staff working with the cities, the county and the public. While on the Commission I’ve enjoyed being part of the team which has made over $500 million in roadway improvements, passed a vehicle registration fee increase to fund Safe Routes to Schools and congestion relief, and built the East ParkCenter Bridge. The list of projects and accomplishments by the district are never ending."

Franden said he is proud of his time on the Commission and wanted to make his intentions known early to allow a strong field of contenders to come forward before the August 6, 2014 deadline for candidates to file. While candidates can file to run through September 19, 2014, anyone doing so after August 6 would run as a write-in candidate, a distinct disadvantage.

Franden represents District No. 3, northern and central Ada County, which includes Eagle, Star, the Foothills and Boise’s North End. Franden was elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

During his time on the Commission, Franden advocated capacity expansion, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, the adoption of technologies to ease traffic flow and the undertaking more neighborhood-level enhancements.

ACHD Commission seats are non-partisan, local government offices and do not appear on the primary ballot in May but will be part of the November 4, 2014 General Election.

The ACHD Commission sets policy for the District, the only countywide highway agency in Idaho, which serves all of the residents of Ada County, including residents of the incorporated cities. The Commissioners generally meet on the first four Wednesdays of each month, excluding holidays.

Commissioners receive a monthly stipend of $1,771.

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