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Welcome to Voices19

Walking through the neighborhoods of District 19 and talking with members of the community was one of the best parts of the Primary Campaign.  I enjoyed everything that is special about the district:  connection, a unique sense of place, relationship, hospitality, conversation, and spirited dialogue.

It was fun and informative to talk with people.  They eagerly shared interests and concerns, provided insights into past and hopes for the future of their neighborhoods and the larger community. Grandparents invited me to join them for a meal, young parents talked about school funding and education issues, and business owners expressed both worry and enthusiasm about prospects for the coming year.

As the very talented, multi-faceted network of campaign volunteers, worked the phones, canvassed the neighborhoods, ate too much pizza, and talked to people in public forums, we were constantly reminded of the interconnectedness of residents of District 19. I am grateful that the old concept of “neighborhood” that I enjoyed when growing up in District 19 is still alive and vibrant.

The uniqueness, individuality, and talents I see daily among our residents, our volunteers, and my fellow candidates are the inspiration for this blog. My goal is to present the voices of District 19.  Yes, I will provide information about the campaign in the blog. And–let’s grow closer and more connected by sharing stories here at Voices19.  Please send your remembrances, recognize a neighbor, friend, or family member, share experiences, hopes and dreams, or acknowledge someone, someplace, or something that is special in District 19.  You are cordially invited to join the dialogue!

Cherie Buckner-Webb

Sunday, 12 August 2012 00:00

We kicked-off the 2012 campaign in style as over one hundred of my closest friends and supporters joined me for a night of wonderful music, delicious food, and great company at a Tavola.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00

Boise High School on a weekday morning is deceptively quiet. Between bells the halls are empty and the historic school buildings form an educational island amid the bustle of downtown activity. Nestled in the heart of Boise and near the center of District 19, Boise High School is Cherie’s Alma Mater. Principal Ken Anderson points out her place in the Boise High School Hall of Fame.

Saturday, 30 October 2010 00:00

An interview with Joseph Spike Green, who came from the University of Arkansas to work as lead intern for the combined District 19 Democratic Campaign.  A Political-Science major, with a minor in Psychology, Joe previously received a State Department Scholarship for Critical Languages to study Arabic in Morocco and was accepted this fall by the Washington Center internship placement program in Washington D.C. He was able to postpone that program until the summer session and came out instead to learn first-hand about the processes and details of local politics. As an Idaho native he has an interest in the issues here although his family has lived in Arkansas since 1992.

Saturday, 30 October 2010 00:00

It’s time.  Time to use one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. A tool so potent that it can combat the injustices that permeate our society.  A tool so mighty that it has the ability to shape our state.  What tool? Your vote.

We are obliged to vote. We must be about the business of sustaining life, about championing the rights of all – not just a selected few. We are privileged people, privileged beyond the comprehension of most of the world. And with that privilege, comes opportunity; opportunity to bring about systemic change, opportunity to make a difference. Use your privilege honorably on Tuesday, vote!

Monday, 25 October 2010 00:00

Roosevelt Market has been an important part of east Boise neighborhood life since the turn of the century.  In the 1920’s little boys in woolen knee-pants rushed in to get a jug of milk for Mom after playing kick-the-can in the street outside. In the 1950s giggling girls in plaid dresses and white ankle socks stopped to buy bubble gum on the way home from Roosevelt school.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 00:00

Photos by Stacy

Ericson unless otherwise attributed

Zach Strong

On any day canvassing in District 19 you can enjoy the sight of young families, taking walks, raking leaves, and working in their yards. Every family has its own story with needs that are personal and those that are shared by the community at large.Ryan Strong and Cassie Mills are long-time residents of the District. “We both lived in various areas in the Highlands and the North End before we were married,” Ryan says, “At that point, we liked being close to the foothills for hikes, Hyde Park, easy access to the green belt and to downtown–and we liked the neighborhood feeling. “

Saturday, 25 September 2010 00:00

At 4:45 today, Brandi patted her horse’s neck.

Two months ago Brandi experienced profound nausea every time she came to the area, mounted her horse, or experienced any one of a number of equine aromas. For these volunteers, a child who vomits unexpectedly when riding, is just another challenge. At seven years old Brandi loves horses, but for unknown reasons she is extremely sensitive to tactile sensations. This evening her father and mother were beaming and taking photographs as Brandi circled the arena, balancing, trotting, and at last….petting her horse.

Monday, 06 September 2010 00:00

Cherie met Bob and Robin Young while canvassing in late August, and was immediately struck by their vivacity and community involvement. The front porch sports a sign reading “Ballroom dancers Parking Only–All Others Will be Tapped.” Inside the historic house is a living collage reflecting a lifetime of intersecting interests.

The couple met in Jr. High School, went steady, then parted and pursued separate lives for many years. Their paths crossed again when Robin, dressed as a colonial maiden, ran into Bob’s mother at a Pennsylvania local history celebration.

Monday, 06 September 2010 00:00

They say you can’t fool a horse. Whatever relationship an individual has with a horse — it is the real thing.  At the center of the activities at Boise’s “Riding for Joy” program is the on-going relationship between horse and rider. Although the educational activities look easy and simple, a great deal of behind-the-scenes preparation is necessary.

Monday, 30 August 2010 00:00

When asked about his first consuming interest, Park takes a long moment to think, looking back to an Idaho childhood. “Sports,” he answers, at last. “My father was a school administrator and he encouraged us to play everything. My brother, Lonnie, and I were in basketball, football, baseball, ran track, and boxed at the YMCA.” Park continued to run track and also played football in high school and for two years at Boise Junior College and today is still a dedicated sports fan.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 00:00

Story by Stacy Ericson

Morgan Hill is the Campaign Manager for the District 19 Coordinated Legislative Campaign. On the job since June, twenty-four-year old Morgan sees the three-pronged campaign as an opportunity to work with a dynamic team. “Cherie, Nicole, and Brian have very different experiences, backgrounds, ideas, and areas of expertise, but they have a lot in common as well,” he said in an interview on Friday.

Thursday, 19 August 2010 00:00

I should have known that interviewing a jazz musician would result in a conversation not unlike a piece of music. A strong melody line veers into
apparently unrelated riffs and unerringly returns to an underlying theme. The break, the bridge, the “blow,” augmentation, inversion and harmonic rhythm (all new terms to me) were visible as I reviewed my notes.

Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

Eleven-year-old Adele Liu Kramber has a clear idea of what brings her joy. At three she asked her parents, Ruimin Liu and William Kramber, for
lessons and a piano. Not surprisingly, her parents weren’t quite ready to make that investment. Six months later, when Adele was four, she began piano lessons with a friend and was practicing on a real keyboard.

Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Cheri Lindley and Cherie Buckner-Webb have a standing joke. Cherie the Candidate (that’s pronounced Sher-ee, Cherié) and Cheri the Artisan (that’s pronounced Sherry) like to insist to each other that their own version of the name is correct. Cheri Lindley points across the street to the house on East Bannock that belonged to Cherie’s grandparents. She describes meeting them when house hunting in the neighborhood many years ago,

Monday, 09 August 2010 00:00

Atticus Hoffman founded this four-day soccer camp when he was fourteen with the seed of a dream. “My family was in Sweden during one of the world’s biggest soccer camps, the Gothia World Youth Cup. We spent a lot of time there that summer and I kind of had a dream of creating some sort of international soccer camp in Boise. Then, my dad came home from the Y one night after seeing local refugee kids getting a tour and it got me thinking.

About Cherie Buckner-Webb

Cherie Buckner-Webb is an Idaho native, long time resident of District 19, an accomplished business professional, community volunteer and activist and currently serves in the Idaho House of Representatives. Cherie is the right person to represent the district in the Senate. The breadth of her experience and accomplishments are a testament to her commitment to accountable leadership, transparency and collaboration. She will use her voice in the Idaho Senate to advocate vigorously for:

  • Education Funding and Leadership
  • Economic Growth and Job Creation
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Ethics in Government
  • Environmental Stewardship and Energy Independence

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