Questions regarding Stevenson's intent to hold or relinquish the position have been asked ever since she was first elected in November of 2012. She said that she's remaining fully committed to her position as a city councilor and plans to finish out her term in full.
Stevenson sent the following statement. "I strongly believe that voters deserve to elect their new Councilors, not to have them appointed by what is considered a 'lame duck council' before the General election in November." She went on to say it's not uncommon for the legislators in Idaho to serve as local elected officials, because serving as a legislator is a part time position. Stevenson's city council position term ends this fall after the general election. Until then Stevenson plans to take part in the meetings by telephone.
Thyra Stevenson's full statement:
Lewiston, ID 83501
It has been an honor to serve as Lewiston City Councilor. Councilors Ohrtman, Cannon, Poole, and I were elected in 2009 with terms ending after this fall's general election.
I am committed to fulfilling my campaign obligation to the constituents and voters of the City by completing the term to which I was elected. I expect to retire upon certification of new Councilors in November. Further, I am grateful to voters for their encouragement and overwhelming support of this decision.
We have an interesting but not unprecedented condition in that the completion of my City Council term overlaps by a few months with my election as your Idaho State Representative.
During the remaining month and a half of the Legislative Session I am able to telecommute (at no cost to the City or the State) to Council meetings when necessary, with full access to all agendas, minutes, and documents.
As we are part-time Legislators in Idaho, it is not unusual to have Mayors, Commissioners, Councilors, elected officials, and City employees serving as Legislators. Locally, we have examples such as former Representative/City Councilor Twila Hornbeck in Grangeville, former Representative/Lewiston Firefighter Mike Naccarato, and current State Senator/Lewiston Solid Waste Manager Dan Johnson.
I strongly believe that voters deserve to elect their new Councilors, not to have them appointed by what is considered a 'lame duck council' before the General election in November.
Note: Filing for four of the City Council positions begins August 26th. There is also a Feb. 12th workshop on how to become a City Councilor, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Contact the Lewiston City Clerk for details.
I respectfully remain your Councilor, with open office hours April through the end of November.