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Bill Cole

Bill Cole

Bill Cole is running for mayor of Billings. He is the owner of Cole Law Firm, PLLC and his law practice focuses primarily in the areas of land use and real estate.  He has been a very active community volunteer over the last 28 years, playing a prominent role in numerous community organizations including the Billings Chamber of Commerce, the Alberta Bair Theater, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Billings YMCA. Bill faces state Representative and former chair of the Montana Republican Party Jeff Essmann on the November 7th election. As a state legislator since 2005, Essmann has earned a dismal 16% lifetime score from MCV opposing efforts to protect public lands, expand clean energy, and increasing voter participating in elections.

Bill Cole for Mayor

Contact:

3860 Avenue B, Suite C West
Billings, MT 59102

Website

District: City Council Mayor

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Charlie Smillie

Charlie Smillie

Charlie Smillie is running in Ward 1 against incumbent Mike Yakawich in Billings which includes the Southside, Pioneer Park down to the river, downtown and the heights south of Hilltop. Charlie works with communities in eastern Montana to build local support for issues and campaigns across Montana’s Prairie Wildlands. He prefers the pace of foot travel in wild places, absorbing everything from wildflowers at his feet to the rich tapestry of landscapes that stretches to the horizon.

Charlie for Billings

Contact:

338 Yellowstone Avenue
Billings, MT 59101

Website

District: City Council Ward 1

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running against Council Member Mike Yakawich

Term: 4 Years

Denise Joy

Denise Joy

Denise is running for Ward 3 on the Billings City Council. She works as a special needs assistant at Lewis & Clark Middle School. She is involved in volunteer activities at the Amend Community Garden, North Plains Women’s Museum, and the Special Olympics. Denise is running against Nadja Brown in the general election. Nadja did not return MCV’s questionnaire.

Denise Joy for Billings

Contact:

PO Box 31192
Billings, MT 59107

Website

District: City Council Ward 3

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Penny Ronning

Penny Ronning

Penny is running for Ward 4 on the Billings City Council. Ward 4 covers a long, narrow swath of the city between the Rims and roughly Colton Boulevard, from North 27th Street all the way to the Ironwood Subdivision, as well as the Rehberg Ranch Estates. Penny is the co-founder and co-chair of the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force, volunteers for CASA of Yellowstone County, and in 2013, founded Operation: Billings Child, a community holiday gift program that collects and distributes wrapped shoe-boxes filled with items for homeless children and youth enrolled in School District 2.

Penny is a filmmaker and nature photographer. Penny enjoys spending time outdoors in the company of her dogs and in her garden. She is running against George Blackard who did not return MCV’s questionnaire.

Contact:

3014 Glacier Dr
Billings, MT 59102

406-579-9778

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District: City Council Ward 4

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Chris Mehl

Chris Mehl

Commissioner Chris Mehl is running for mayor of Bozeman as a voice for responsible planning and growth and economic development. He is the Policy Director for Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman-based independent research group that works with communities to promote economic growth. As a member of the Bozeman Planning Board, Chris played a role in updating the city’s Growth Policy. Chris formerly worked for The Wilderness Society and worked for U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton for 13 years. Chris and his wife, Laura Hoehn, enjoy hiking, skiing and Bozeman community events. Chris has been endorsed by MCV in his previous elections to the Bozeman City Commission. Chris faces Brian LaMeres in the November election who did not respond to MCV’s candidate questionnaire.

Contact:

1115 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715

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District: City Council Mayor

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Terry Cunningham

Terry Cunningham

Terry Cunningham is running for the Bozeman City Commission seeking to serve the community he loves. As the executive director of Run Dog Run, Terry’s worked with stakeholders to open six off-leash dog parks across Bozeman. Terry has also served as chair of the board of trustees for Bozeman Health and has been involved in the Bozeman Boulder Initiative to build rock climbing walls around town. Terry will be a leader on preserving open spaces, wildlife habitat, and smart growth development. Terry faces four other candidates in the November election and Bozeman voters will vote for two of the five candidates on their ballots.

Terry for Bozeman

Contact:

PO Box 11507
Bozeman, MT 59719-1507

Website

District: City Council City-wide

Party: Non-partisan

Term: 4 Years

Heide Arneson

Heide Arneson

Heide is running for the Bozeman City Commission for one of two at open seats. Heide currently teaches aviation weather at Gallatin College and is working on her master’s degree in higher education. She and her family live west of 19th, a portion of the community not currently represented on the City Commission. Serving Bozeman Public Schools has been a highlight in her life, providing experience in budgeting and local governance. Heide is excited to carry that experience forward in serving the citizens of Bozeman on the City Commission. She faces four other candidates in the November election and Bozeman voters will vote for two of the five candidates on their ballots.

Contact:

505 E Granite Ave
Bozeman, MT 59718

Website

District: City Council City-wide

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open Seat

Term: 4 Years

Andres Haladay

Andres Haladay

Andres Haladay is running for re-election to the Helena City Commission. He plans to work on implementing the Downtown Master Plan to spur economic development, continue fighting for long-term funding for our streets, and other critical infrastructure. Andres will also work to finish Centennial Trail, linking Helena from east to west. He will pursue Helena’s reserved water rights, to ensure a long-term dependable water source. As Helena watches housing prices rise once again, Andres wants to implement strategies for affordable housing.

Haladay for Helena

Contact:

PO Box 1535
Helena, MT 59624

Website

District: City Council City-wide

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

Term: 4 Years

Heather O'Loughlin

Heather O'Loughlin

Heather O’Loughlin is running for the Helena City Commission. Heather has devoted her career to public service, with over a 10 years experience working on public policy on a state and federal level. She runs a local nonprofit, the Montana Budget and Policy Center, working with a broad array of progressive organizations on responsible tax and budget policy. Heather will take that experience of working on budgets to the city commission, where she will focus on smart growth and development in our downtown area, expanding partnerships with local nonprofits to improve access to affordable housing, and promoting increased usage of clean alternative energy.

Heather for Helena

Contact:

PO Box 1034
Helena, MT 59624

Website

District: City Council City-wide

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

John Engen

John Engen

Mayor John Engen is running for re-election for mayor of Missoula as an advocate for protecting our clean water, public lands, and is dedication to combatting climate change by acting at the local level. Engen has been a true trailblazer in Montana when he became the first Mayor in the state to sign on to the Paris Climate Accord standing with leaders across the country in combating climate change. Engen was also endorsed by MCV during his successful bids for Mayor in 2005, 2009, and 2013, as well as for his run for city council where he served one term, in 2001.

Engen for Missoula

Contact:

PO Box 5423
Missoula, MT 59806

Website

District: City Council Mayor

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

Term: 4 Years

Bryan von Lossberg

Bryan von Lossberg

Bryan von Lossberg is running for re-election as Missoula City Council Alderman representing Ward 1, which includes the Heart of Missoula, Northside, Upper and Lower Rattlesnake and a small portion of the Westside neighborhood.  He currently chairs Council’s Parks and Conservation Committee and was a member of the Task Force that created Missoula’s Conservation and Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which was unanimously adopted by the City Council in 2013. Bryan consults regarding solar photovoltaic opportunities and was the campaign coordinator of the recent Solarize Missoula residential installation program. Formerly the Executive Director of Montana’s Alternative Energy Resources Organization, he has an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Earlier, Bryan was an engineering manager at semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on the 1997 Mars Pathfinder program. Bryan, his wife Genevieve, and 5-year-old daughter Austen Rose live in the Northside. Bryan is running unopposed for re-election.

Bryan von Lossberg for Missoula City Council

Contact:

522 Howell Street
Missoula, MT 59802

Website

District: City Council Ward 1

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

Term: 4 Years

Jordan Hess

Jordan Hess

Jordan Hess is running for re-election as Missoula City Council Alderman representing Ward 2, which includes the Grant Creek, Captain John Mullan and the Westside neighborhoods. Currently Jordan serves on the public works committee and transportation. In 2016, Jordan led an effort to rewrite the City’s Complete Streets Resolution. In June of 2017, the policy was recognized with a perfect score (100/100) in The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016 report released by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. Jordan currently works as the Director of the Office of Transportation for the University of Montana. Jordan is running against Ruth Ann Swaney for re-election.

Jordan Hess for City Council

Contact:

834 Sherwood Street
Missoula, MT 59802

Website

District: City Council Ward 2

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

Term: 4 Years

Heather Harp

Heather Harp

Heather Harp is running in Ward 3 for an open seat vacated by Emily Bentley, which includes the Rose Park, Riverfront and the University District neighborhoods. Heather works at VALIC Financial Advisor. Heather participated in the Zero by 50 citizen workshop endeavoring to reduce waste headed to the landfill. She’s annually active in the Clark Fork Coalition’s River Bank Clean Up and sponsors a section of Reserve Street to pick up trash through her service with the Kiwanis Club. Heather’s conservation ethic and experience in financial planning will make a great addition to the council. Heather is co-endorsed along with Tom Winter. The other candidate is Jon Van Dyke. The top vote getter in on the November 7th election will win the seat.

Heather Harp for Missoula City Council

Contact:

345 Burlington Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801

Website

District: City Council Ward 3

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Tom Winter

Tom Winter

Tom Winter is running for Missoula’s Ward 3 Council seat vacated by Emily Bentley, which includes the Rose Park, Riverfront and the University District neighborhoods. He is the owner and director of Interim Healthcare, a home healthcare company based downtown that provides skilled and unskilled nursing and companion care to the elderly and infirm across western Montana, specializing in healthcare delivery to under-served rural areas. Tom has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. He is a member of the Montana Wilderness Association and the Flathead Lakers. He has corresponded with many of our state and federal representatives regarding conservation issues like urban sprawl, Paris Climate Agreement and Superfund clean up throughout the years, with a particular focus on Libby and reducing the threat of invasive mussels in the Flathead Watershed. Tom is co-endorsed along with Heather Harp. The other candidate is Jon Van Dyke. The top vote getter in on the November 7th election will win the seat.

Contact:

514 Daly Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801

E-mail

District: City Council Ward 3

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Chris Badgely

Chris Badgely

Chris Badgley is running for Ward 4 currently held by Jon Wilkins, which includes the Lewis and Clark, Farviews and Pattee Canyon neighborhoods and parts of the Franklin to the Fort, Moose Can Gully, and South 39th Street neighborhoods. Chris received a degree in history from the University of Washington and works as zero waste sustainable builder in Missoula. Chris is determined to protect water quality, tackle urban sprawl and expand affordable housing. In addition to Jon Wilkins, two  other candidates are running – Jesse Ramos and Greg Strandberg.

Badgley for City Council

Contact:

PO Box 102
Missoula, MT 59806

Website

District: City Council Ward 4

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Running against Alderman Jon Wilkins

Term: 4 Years

Stacie Anderson

Stacie Anderson

Stacie Anderson is running for Ward 5, an open seat vacated by Annelise Hedahl, which includes the Miller Creek neighborhood and some of the Franklin to the Fort, Southgate Triangle, South 39th Street, and Moose Can Gully neighborhoods. Stacie Anderson, from Kalispell, attended the University of Montana where she earned a degree in Organizational Communications. She began her career in politics in college as President of College Democrats and working as a Special Events Coordinator and Intern Director for Senator Max Baucus’ re-election campaign. She went on to work as Deputy Field Director for Governor Christine Gregoire’s 2008 re-election campaign and then as the Political Director for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, where she ran his 2010 and 2012 re-election campaigns. Stacie moved back in 2014 to work as the Development Director for Montana Conservation Voters before taking the helm at Carol’s List in 2015 where she currently serves as Executive Director. Stacie faces Cathy Deschamps in the November election.

Stacie for Missoula

Contact:

2635 Southhills Drive
Missoula, MT 59803

Website

District: City Council Ward 5

Party: Non-partisan

Incumbent Status: Open seat

Term: 4 Years

Melissa Hartman

Melissa Hartman

Melissa Hartman is running for Whitefish City Council and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Whitefish. Her priorities include innovative economic development, keeping public lands public, and health and human services. She is passionate about Montana and will listen to and represent the concerns of her community. Melissa is running for one of three positions on the council and the top vote-getters will win seats on the November 7th election.

Contact:

436 Park Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937

District: City Council City-wide

Party: Non-partisan

Term: 4 Years