When my parents Pat and Eloise Bieter married, my mom told my dad that she’d be willing to live anywhere in the world, as long as she could see the Boise River from there.

I have a lot of reasons to be grateful to my parents, but that is right up there. Growing up in Boise was one of the greatest gifts my brothers, sisters and I could have received. Making sure that experience was preserved for our children and grandchildren was the biggest reason I ran for Mayor eight years ago.

In that time we have worked together to make a great city even greater. We have built neighborhood libraries and recreation centers, preserved critical areas of the Foothills and seen crime rates drop to historic lows. We instituted tough ethics and accountability reforms to help restore citizens’ trust in their city government. As we help our local economy navigate through a rocky national recession, Life magazine says we are “one of the best places in the country to start a business” [June, 2010]. And we have done all this while living within our means and insisting that taxpayers get good value for their money.

When I was a kid, I thought that there couldn’t possibly be a better job than being the mayor of my hometown. Today I’m convinced of that, and it would be my honor to continue working with you to make America’s most livable city an even better place to live, work and raise a family.