Meridian City Council Republican Voter Guide

Joe Borton

Joe Borton and his wife Sharon have been married 27 years and have raised their family in Meridian for the past twenty years.  With two sons who’ve graduated from Meridian schools, and a grey-faced golden retriever named Kooper, Joe has been blessed with a family that loves and supports public service. For the Past twelve years Joe has owned and operated a thriving business in downtown Meridian. As a head coach of Meridian youth sports, a leader within the Meridian Chamber, Meridian Arts Foundation, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, much of Joe’s time over the past twenty four years has been focused on making Meridian a wonderful place to raise a family or start a business.

These efforts of past community service and honors include:

*        Served twice as the President of the Meridian City Council (2007-08 and 2018-19)

*        Past President of the Meridian Education Foundation

*        Past President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SW Idaho

*        Meridian Youth football and baseball head coach

*        Honored as the 2002 Idaho “Big Brother of the Year” by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SW Idaho

*        Honored as the Optimist Youth football coach of the year (1997)

*        Past President of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce

*        Selected as the 2012 Meridian “Small Business of the Year” by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce

*        Selected as the 2014 Meridian “Businessman of the Year” by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce

*        Co-Founder Meridian Arts Foundation

ISSUES:

  • Public Safety
  • Responsible Growth
  • Open Government

LINK TO WEBSITE: www.joeborton4meridian.com

Treg Bernt

Meridian City Council President Treg A. Bernt is a life long Idahoan. He was born and raised in Pocatello, ID and graduated from Pocatello High School. Treg also attended Idaho State University and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communication.

Treg and his family moved to Meridian from Pocatello in 2003. He was a Territory Manager for Shaw Industries, a flooring manufacturer. In 2015, Treg decided to go into business for himself and has owned and operated his own flooring business in the Treasure Valley that is ran in conjunction with his family’s flooring business in Pocatello. Treg has always valued the importance of small business in a #community.

Treg has always valued #community involvement. He has been involved with numerous committees and commissions, appointed by former Meridian Mayor, Tammy de Weerd. He is a past President of the City of Meridian Parks & Recreation Commission and served on the Planning & Zoning Commission before being elected to the Meridian City Council. Currently, Treg is a board member of the Meridian Development Corporation, Meridian’s urban renewal district. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee. During his first term on City Council, Treg gained invaluable experience in his time serving as a board member of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS). Over the years, he has also been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, has dedicated his time with many church responsibilities, and has coached his kiddos in Yball, and competitive soccer. This experience has helped Treg gain important perspective when making strategic decisions on the Meridian City Council.

If Treg isn’t working or at City Hall; you will find him on a river fly fishing, on a snow board shredding powder, hunting in the mountains, on a golf course, playing pickle ball with his 6:30am crew at Settlers Park, or spending quality time with his wife, Tiffanie and his 3 children. Family first!

THREE POSITIONS

  • Smart Growth
  • Thriving Downtown Corridor
  • Strong Economic Development

LINK TO WEBSITE: www.tregbernt.com

LINK TO FB: https://www.facebook.com/TregBerntForMeridian

Adam Nelson

I am 48 years old and has been a Treasure Valley resident for all but 2 years of my life, living in southwest Boise while my Family ran the Meridian Speedway through the 80’s. My wife and I started our family together in Meridian in 1995. We have lived in Meridian ever since, apart from spending 2 years in Roseburg Oregon for work in 2007 and 2008.

My three grown children, all when through the Meridian School District graduating from Meridian High.

I worked the commercial construction trades prior to starting our Auto Racing businesses in 2003. Since 2009 My wife and I have managed operations, promotions, food & beverage, competition, and a staff of 106 people at the Meridian Speedway.  I like to help my family race their cars, I like to take the boat to lucky peak to enjoy family time wake boarding and tubing. Patronizing the great Meridian restaurants & pubs is a relaxing pass time!

I’m a strong constitutional conservative, I’ll always take the position that Meridian citizens and businesses have the choice to operate or patron without Government overreach.

TOP PLATFORMS

  • Protect the Citizens and Businesses Right to Personal Choice and Personal Responsibility
  • Promote Responsible Growth
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Transparency

LINK TO FB: facebook.com/adamnelson4meridian

Luke Cavener

Luke is a lifelong resident of Ada County, and while he moved to Meridian at age four, it has always been his home. Luke, wife Adrean and sons Gunner and Lincoln all reside in south Meridian.

A product of both West Ada School and Bishop Kelly High School, Luke attended University of Nevada Las Vegas where he had the opportunity to work in Washington, DC for then Senator John Ensign, R-NV. As an intern, Luke witnessed the heinous events of September 11th and it created a desire to serve in his community.

Luke formerly served as the Community Liaison for the City of Meridian where he aided as an advocate for those in our community. During his tenure he established events including the Meridian Community Block Party, Treasure Valley Youth Summit, and Meridian Business Day.

Luke currently works as the Managing Director of Western Advocacy for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, working to benefit the lives of cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.

He stays active in the community, serving as a volunteer of the Meridian Dairy Show Board, the Meridian Food Bank, and as a Meridian PAL coach.

TOP PLATFORMS

Keep our Families Safe:  I grew up in Meridian and while I have lived in other communities, I returned to Meridian to raise my family because I know our city is one of the safest in the country.  As a son of a police officer, I also profoundly understand the importance of a well-maintained police force. I believe that these brave men and women put their lives on the line, and our city council should prioritize their funding and give them every resource to continue to ensure our community is protected.

Building Meridian’s Economy:  As a lifelong Republican, I have always held the values of small government and fiscal conservativism close to my heart. We need to continue to grow and support business in Meridian by further removing burdensome regulations and unnecessary red tape.  Meridian has proven to be extremely attractive to companies large and small, and it is the council’s job to continue that momentum while protecting our quality of life.

Transparency in Government:  Pivotal to this is making sure that government is close and assessable to its citizens. Far too often, elected officials expect their constituency to come to them, instead of the other way around. I will work to ensure that all city information is easy to find, easy to access.  In addition, I believe that it is an elected representative’s duty to proactively connect with the community during hours, and days convenient for community members.

LINK TO WEBSITE: http://www.luke4meridian.com

LINK TO FB: https://www.facebook.com/luke4meridian/

Mike Hon

I’m Mike Hon and I’m running for Meridian City Council Seat 6. Like the western pioneers of yore, I came out west in 1991 in search of adventure and opportunity; I found ample amounts of both here in the Great State of Idaho. Back then everyone outside of Idaho thought Boise was in Iowa. If only it had stayed that way.

The secret is out. After raising three kids in the Treasure Valley, two Broncos and a Ute, I have come to the realization that our way of life here is worth preserving. Idaho has given me adventure and opportunity and now I have to pay that back. There’s no way to stop the flood of people escaping places that didn’t put much effort into preserving traditional American values; God, Family and Country.

We welcome these weary travelers into our “Treasure” Valley. But, we must make sure that in doing so we don’t lose sight of why we are here in the first place.

• Treasure Valley resident for 30+ Years—fell in love with Idaho in ‘91 and have been here since.

• Experience in Corporate America and as a Local Real Estate Entrepreneur

• Raised three kids in the Treasure Valley; Cub Scout Den Leader, Pack 127, Asst. Scout Master, Troop 77, Eagle United Methodist Church and Asst. Baseball Coach, West Valley Little League.

• Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration

• Love to ski, fish, hunt and backpack in God’s Country

• Pro 2A, because without 2A we have no other A’s

THREE POSITIONS

  • Family Safe Environment – Repeal of Meridian Ordinance 18-1791 (SOGI) which allows biological males to utilize women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms in public facilities where our daughters and wives are most vulnerable.
  • Common Sense Growth
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency

LINK TO WEBSITE: www.Mike4Meridian6.com

LINK TO FB: Facebook.com/Mike4Meridian6