Fresh off her announcement that she will not seek a fifth term for office, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd joined Kevin Miller to share her thoughts on her time in office. Her twenty-year commitment to public service running Idaho's second largest city will end so she can focus her time on family and traveling the world with her husband.

"Being mayor is not identity, it is not my passion. I will continue to be around and involved. Indeed, I still have ten more months to be around and involved. When I lost my dad last fall, it was a lens that I looked at and thought, and I have a family that has allowed me to invest my a lot of my time, passion and love into this community. Now it's time that I re-prioritize and spend time with the ones I love.

The mayor brought up the challenges of growth in the Treasure Valley. The city has seen multiple businesses move in from all over the country. The mayor has worked with the state to help overcome one of the city's biggest challenges.

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"Transportation is a huge challenge. The lack of available funding to do the needed infrastructure improvements is challenging to our Ada County Highway District as well as the state and the cities who do the roads."

Mayor de Weerd covered more topics ranging from the funding of schools to her political future. You can hear the entire interview here.

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