CORRECTION: Dom Gelsomino's pre-general campaign report listed Home Depot and Rodda Paint as expenditures. The original version of this story incorrectly listed them as contributors.

Meridian City Council candidates raised between $37 and $18,100 as of the Oct. 10 deadline to file pre-general election campaign finance reports.

Three Meridian City Council seats are up for re-election on Nov. 7.

The following is a look at each campaign’s revenue and spending amounts. Contributions are from this calendar year and may include loans.


Joe Borton, the incumbent running unopposed, has reported $2,750 in contributions and $609.74 in spending. His donors include Brighton Corporation, developer Ronald W. Van Auker, PETRA, Inc., W.H. Moore, Borton-Lakey Law Offices and seat 4 candidate Treg Bernt.


Treg Bernt has reported $9,750 in contributions and $8,783.06 in spending. His donors include Brighton Corporation, Blackrock Homes, Winston H. Moore, a real estate professional, and Meridian Fire Fighters IAFF Local 4627 and $100 from himself.

Dom Gelsomino has reported $3,576.40 in contributions and $1,385.88 in spending. His donors include Russ Fulcher, a former senator who is running for Congress, and eight other individuals and couples.

Jordan Moorhouse has reported $2,530 in contributions and $2,223.22 in spending. His donors are Elect Ty Palmer (a Meridian City Councilman), McCarter-Moorhouse, LLC and Committee to Elect Joe Palmer (an Idaho representative who is Ty Palmer’s father).

Rick Valenzuela has announced he is no longer running. Because he announced this after the deadline to withdraw, his name will appear on the ballot.


Josh Cummings has reported $18,106 in contributions, including $10,000 in loans, and $14,933.86 in spending. His donors include 1st Choice Mortgage Co., LLC, Big Sky Research Bureau, Inc. and $5,000 from himself.

Luke Cavener (incumbent) has reported $3,175 in contributions and $897.58 in spending. His donors include Avandy Medical Group, Treg Bernt, Meridian Fire Firefighters 4627 PAC, Charles and Nancy Rountree (former City Councilman) and Joe Borton.

David McKinney has reported $36.88 in contributions and $11.88 in spending.

The campaign finance reports are available on the city of Meridian’s election website.

Voters citywide will choose one candidate per seat. Meridian City Council is made up of six members who serve four-year terms. The council meets at least four times per month.

The council is responsible for land use decisions, setting the city’s budget and other city governance. Council members earn $10,000 a year, and the council president makes $11,000.

Find information about early voting and polling places at Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave., will serve as an early voting location from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.


Two of the three director positions with the Western Ada Recreation District are up for re-election this year. There won’t be an election, however, because only one candidate filed for each seat:

  • District 1: Tyler Rountree. Charlie Rountree, his father, currently holds this seat and will not seek re-election.
  • District 2: Colin Moss, incumbent.

Seats on the Boise, Eagle, Kuna, Garden City and Star city councils are up for re-election, and there is a recall election for Star Mayor Chad Bell and Councilman Kevin Nielsen.

There will also be elections for an Eagle Fire District commissioner in District 3 and Kuna Fire District commissioners in Districts 2 and 4. Only one commissioner is running in Kuna District 3.

The Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District, which holds its own elections, is holding a Nov. 7 election for the position of Precinct 1 director in Boise.

Incumbent Donald Barksdale faces challenger Graham Paterson, who has served previously in the same precinct, according to the district. The term is three years.


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