Colstrip will have an exciting election. Two are running for mayor and four are running for the two open council seats.
For mayor, you’ll have your pick from long time community member Darla Davidson and former mayor John Williams. What makes this race interesting is that both candidates have huge name recognition and have been long time been servants of the community.
For the two open seats on City Council, you have your four candidates:
- Michael Esser
- Sarah Smith
- Wendy Smith
- Jolene Verlanic
Keep your eyes open for campaign flyers and signs and start thinking who you think would best represent and serve your city.
Did you know that this November Colstrip will vote to elect a new Mayor and two City Council members? Did you know that as of last Friday (6/12), no one has yet registered for the openings?
Regular filings for political office ends on Thursday July 2, 2015. That’s a mere two weeks away!
Have you ever considered serving your community as a Council member? Do you know someone who would represent Colstrip well as the Mayor?
Colstrip city politics is an important job that gets little attention. Council members approve all financial policies, procedures, and all financial bills. The mayor provides the executive leadership of the City staff, acts as the official spokesperson for the entire city and works directly with department heads and employees to ensure: public funds are responsibly used, services are provided efficiently and fairly, and oversees the daily operations of all City services.
Anyone can be a candidate for Council and Mayor, but not everyone is best suited for the jobs. Political leadership is the butt of many jokes, but leadership is no joke and it’s not always easy. A good leader is someone with honesty, integrity, and a true desire to serve those they represent.
The deadline for filing is coming soon. So encourage a trustworthy, honest, and hard working neighbor to run for office.