Small Town in Idaho Elects First Full Latino City Council
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small town in rural Idaho broke political ceilings earlier this month by electing its first fully Latino city council after voters chose to replace more than half of its local leaders in the November election.
Community advocates say it marks a huge step for the state's growing Latino population, which has historically experienced a lack of representation on almost electable level. As of 2012, a state commission estimated there were five Hispanic city elected officials.
The town of Wilder — located near the Idaho-Oregon border — has a population of 1,500 that is made up of roughly 75 percent Hispanic residents. In November, Wilder voters replaced two of their four-member city council. The town also ushered in its first female mayor after the incumbent declined to run for re-election.