I am running to ensure that Meridian remains a safe community built around families.
Robert Simison

A Brief Introduction to Meridian's Next Mayor

Meet Robert Simison

Robert was born and raised in the Pocatello area and is a graduate of Whitman College where he majored in history. It was in college where he found his passion for public service when he served as student body Treasurer and President. He has spent his professional career working for high-profile elected officials at the local and national level - advancing policy priorities and working to meet the needs of constituents by delivering exceptional services to the public.

For the last 12 years, Robert has served as the Chief of Staff to Mayor Tammy de Weerd and is a member of the city’s Senior Leadership Team. His efforts have led to the rebuilding of the Meridian Road Interchange, creation of the city’s first Strategic Plan, and a vote by residents to expand the City Council from four seats to six.

He has been active in the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, volunteered as a coach for youth soccer and baseball leagues, and often gets involved in community issues.

Robert and his wife Jenny, along with their three children, Ethan, Natalie, and Ryan, live in south Meridian and enjoy skiing together throughout Idaho each winter.

Meridian is all about family. We pride ourselves on being the premier community to raise our families, which is reflected in our investment in our city parks and emphasis on public safety. Our focus is on meeting the needs of families, which means having job opportunities so people can work and live here. Meridian is a safe community where grandparents want to move to be closer to their family. It’s where the family unit and family values are strong that makes the community as a whole strong. I am running to ensure that Meridian remains a safe community built around families.

Growth is here. And growth is good and healthy for the economy and region when done correctly. But it must be responsible. As we have grown for the last couple of decades some infrastructure gaps in our community have been created that we need to address so we can remain connected and thriving.

We need to grow responsibly together as a community. Our vision is to be a premier, while maintaining our small-town feel that is so important to those who call Meridian home. Many have worked hard to maintain this balance, which is why the Comprehensive Plan update currently taking place is so important. As a member of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee I am committed to supporting its implementation as the vision for our community’s growth.

At the same time, we need to address traffic and our roads to make it safer and easier for the more than 115,000 people who live in Meridian today to get from point A to point B. This will require improved roads, connected sidewalks, expanded pathways, accessible libraries, and schools that are not overcrowded.

I believe leadership is action, and I’m an achiever. As your Mayor I will be ready to take on the responsibility for all aspects of Meridian in order to meet the expectations of the community related to roads, schools and more. Together we can take action to address the challenges we face and give residents a greater voice in our City.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve you in this new role. Together we will keep our family values strong and make sure we grow responsibly as a community.

Paid, Simison for Meridian Gary Raney, Treasurer
PO Box 971 Meridian, ID 83680
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