I’m running again!

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Why?

After the 2017 election I told myself that I’d “probably never do that again!” …… but since then too many things have happened to rile me up.

For example:

 

  • Bozeman Public Safety Center:   Yes, of course I agree that the Bozeman Police, Courts, and Fire Department needed something done about their facilities.   But I still agree with Sheriff Brian Gootkin that the best and safest solution involved working with the County.
    • The City just absolutely needs to work better with the County and with other agencies.    The egos and personalities involved need to be replaced by somebody who can put Service Over Self.

 

  • Decision on Parks and Trails Special District:   Initially this Commission was not even going to put this decision out for a vote by the Citizens of Bozeman.   I can’t even fathom how any Commission could make such a conclusion on an issue of such obvious importance, regardless of any persuasion by staff.
    • You either know these things in your gut or you don’t – you shouldn’t need to have the Bozeman Chronicle set you straight.   This decision was an immediate no-brainer to me.
    • And yes, there are other implications here regarding the alarming power of the unelected bureaucrat under the City’s current form of government.
      • Just like in 2017, I still think we need to switch from a Strong City Manager form of government to a Strong Mayor form of government so that your voice will be stronger!

 

  • Exit of former 3-time Mayor and current Commissioner Jeff Krauss:  I think Jeff Krauss is a living legend in City politics, and over the years I have agreed with almost everything he has said and done.   Jeff has chosen not to run again in the upcoming election, so I will do my best to continue the excellent stewardship he has demonstrated in committing to limited government and in keeping a watchful eye on your tax dollars.

 

  • “HOW” rather than “WHAT”:  Above are just some of the issues that made me decide to run again.   As you can tell, I am more about the HOW rather than the “what”.
    • the WHAT is up to YOU.  You are in charge!   Whatever is important to you is important to me.   Affordable Housing, Parking, Water Conservation, Sustainability and Climate Change are just some of the concerns you have voiced, and I’d love to hear more.
    • And what’s really important to me is making sure that whatever you want done gets done right!

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My lack of Commission experience DOES NOT MATTER!

In case you are concerned about having a complete outsider like me take over as Mayor in 2018, I wanted to remind you that I would be Deputy Mayor for 2 years before taking over as Mayor.
In addition to working at City Hall for over 21 years, I also have extensive experience Chairing the Affordable Housing Board.  My top priority is to ensure that all Board members are provided an equal and fair opportunity to weigh in on the issues, and that Public Comment is actively encouraged and given the respect that it deserves in the decision-making process.
You can observe my skills at running a public meeting online (type CAHAB in the Search Box) at https://www.bozeman.net/services/city-tv-and-streaming-audio

From the Bozeman Municipal Code
Sec. 2.03. – Mayor.
……..(b) Mayor Elected At Large. At every regular city election the voters of the city shall elect a mayor at large for a term of four years. The person so elected shall serve as deputy mayor and a commissioner for the first two years of his or her term, and mayor for the balance of his or her term of office.