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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2005, 10:59 A.M.

A very busy woman

Boise religious activist Brandi Swindell, who has spearheaded the “Keep the Commandments Coalition” to battle unsuccessfully over the city’s move of an old 10 Commandments monument from a city park to a local church, announced today that she’s running for the Boise City Council.

Here’s the odd thing: Swindell, who is 28 and single with no kids, was one of 13 protesters arrested in March 2004 when the monument was moved. She was convicted of obstructing and delaying a police officer and sentenced to 25 hours of community service. But she hasn’t served the time. Instead, Swindell, through her attorney, recently petitioned the judge to change her sentence from community service to a $100 fine, “due to the extraordinary hardship that community service would place on (Swindell’s) ability to actively pursue her life’s work.”

Excuse me? Swindell told the Idaho Statesman yesterday that she leads a very busy life, and is currently working to open a non-profit women’s health clinic. But those of us who are married with kids, full-time jobs and lots of time commitments might find it difficult to sympathize.

The Boise council president whom Swindell is challenging, Maryanne Jordan, had this to say, according to the Statesman: “It’s interesting that a person who doesn’t have time to do community service would have the time to run or serve on the City Council.”

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