Planning, Transportation, & Economic Development

Planning, transportation and economic development are undeniably connected. Together they determine how our city looks and functions, how we are able to live and recreate, conduct commerce, get around, make a living, and build a community. Done well, these three things can ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizenry. They can enhance our quality of life and the natural environment while bolstering social and economic investment.

I support:

  • The Our Missoula Growth Policy planning process and Missoula’s Focus Inward initiative
  • Transit and multi-modal transportation
  • City-wide broadband
  • Strategic thought and action to redevelop areas of Missoula
  • Clear and fair regulations
  • High-quality urban design
  • High-functioning infrastructure

Equality and Civil, Social, and Economic Liberty

Missoula is home to people of different nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientations and identities, abilities, ages, levels of income, and backgrounds. All residents should be free to live their lives to the fullest extent, and pursue their hopes and dreams and aspirations unencumbered by social, economic or any other kind of discrimination.

I support:

  • Making a living wage
  • Housing for all incomes and ages
  • Being fully employed
  • Helping neighbors on fixed incomes and in their retirement years
  • Agreeing to disagree

Natural and Cultural Environment

The City of Missoula is a product of the natural environment in which it resides. Missoula started as a mill town and an agricultural center, sustained by the water of the Clark Fork River. Today those same features sustain us in different ways. For many of us, the environment that surrounds us is the reason we live here. It is the ultimate driver of our economy and community.

I support:

  • Stewardship of Missoula’s open space and conservation lands
  • Clean water and protection of riparian areas
  • Protection of agricultural land and access to locally grown food
  • Thoughtful adaptation to our changing climate

Public Ownership of Mountain Water

Pursuing public ownership of the city’s municipal water system is important for many reasons, including the ability to limit negative effects of leaks on roads and other infrastructure, head off the possibility of partitioning and selling water rights or parts of the system, and implement incentives to protect the quality and the quantity of this essential community resource. No doubt the financial costs are high. I see acquisition, however, as an investment, the return on which will benefit generations to come. It is over this time frame we should amortize the costs and look for its greatest benefits.

Financial Responsibility

I support fair taxation to ensure that (1) the basic functions and services of city government are met and (2) funds are used to maximize quality of life for citizens and support the long-term social, environmental, and economic health of the community.