“The issues that face our community are significant and require bold, brave solutions to overcome the challenges which face us.

I  am running for City Council to take action that is matched in severity to the problems that make life harder for everyday Missoulians.” 

Affordable, adequate, and secure housing is a human right and a building block for the health of our community. We have a moral obligation to ensure unhoused Missoulians have access to secure and adequate housing. As it stands, our city’s budget and policies fail to prioritize housing solutions that work for Missoulians of all walks of life. I am committed to developing a fully funded Affordable Housing Trust Fund, implementing inclusionary zoning ordinances, regulating vacation rentals to prevent the loss of residential neighborhoods to AirBnB, and everything else it will take to ensure every member of our community is housed. 

Policy & Budget Priorities:

Affordable Housing Trust Fund

We must reallocate funds to increase the portion of the general budget that goes towards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and ensuring permanent funding. We must ensure BIPOC representation on the Housing Trust Fund’s Citizen Oversight Committee and ensure unbiased experts and renters make up the majority of the committee instead of developers and builders.

Covenants for Housing Developments on City-Owned Land

Although Inclusionary Zoning has become illegal from the 2021 state legislature’s decision, Missoula can implement a form of Inclusionary Zoning by using a covenant on City owned land to require housing developers to build a portion of truly affordable homes for low income residents.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

TIF has the capacity to do a lot of good, but it should only be used for housing or other projects that benefit the entire community. In recent years, TIF has been used to help fund big businesses such as Starbucks and Stockman bank in Missoula. I will not allow this to continue, but instead will commit to the majority of TIF spending to go towards affordable housing and community investments. 

We must designate at least 50% of TIF funds in every TIF District for permanently affordable housing: community land trust homes, affordable housing co-ops, or rental units developed with greater than 50-year affordability requirements. 

Tenant Protections

Requiring lower rental application fees by putting a control on these fees will help renters apply to new rentals. We need more transparency for where application fees are used. 

Renters should be able to be organized in a renter tenants association that could participate in City Council decisions, help prevent evictions, and be contacted when the rental laws change, such as when the national moratorium on eviction was implemented in 2020. When tenants have as much political say as real estate and big developers, we will be able to ensure affordable, available housing. 

Limiting Vacation Rentals inside City Limits

Recently City Council has loosened the owner occupancy rule on accessory dwelling units (ADU), secondary homes that share a lot with a primary house, which will lead to more Airbnb’s and other vacation rentals. We must change the ADU policy to ensure no Airbnb or vacation rentals are built as ADU and to limit the number of Airbnb or vacation rentals inside of city limits. The ADU policy should make it easier to build an ADU on property and to rent ADU out to everyone, giving more options for affordable housing with ADU. 

Land Banking 

Land banking is a tool to set aside urban land for future affordable housing development. This will help us preserve rural land and allow more people to live in the urban areas as Missoula’s population grows. We must ensure a Community Oversight Committee with no developers on the committee to make decisions for land banking. 

Linkage fees 

A linkage fee would be added on to developments that extend water and other utilities, granting more funding to the Affordable Housing Trust. This is a fee for large developers to ensure that some of their development profits are put back into helping community housing. After the pandemic, we will need to ensure enough funding for our community members struggling with housing security and adding a linkage fee on to new developments will provide funds.

Housing First

Missoula needs a permanent Housing First policy to create long-term housing for our unhoused neighbors. Housing First provides housing and social services for unhoused people with no preconditions. When Missoulians are forced to move or evicted, there needs to be a relocation assistance program with a hired housing navigator to help our neighbors secure housing.

I will fight for reallocating more funds towards providing homes for every member of our community and prioritize funding shelters in the meantime. With a plan and political will, we can ensure that every Missoulian is housed.

Pulling Missoulians Out of Homelessness in Our Community 

We need to create long-term, stable, supportive housing for Missoulians experiencing homelessness, going beyond providing short-term shelter to address the root cause of housing instability: affordability and resources. We must also recognize that housing is a public health issue, and coordinate community partnerships to provide people experiencing homelessness with mental health care, treatment for substance abuse disorders, and other wrap-around services.

Creating Diversity in our Tax Revenue Portfolio

Currently, everything the City government uses is funded by property taxes. I understand that the trend of exponentially increasing property taxes is adding the  issues we are facing with Missoula’s housing crisis. 

When increasing the budget on City Council, I will support diverse tax revenue options to fund the City services that we need.

We must take action at the local government level to create stronger protections for the water in our rivers, the air that we breathe, and for the place we call home. Our local government must take direction from Indigenous people, scientists, and local grassroots and non-profit leaders to create a truly sustainable community founded on climate and environmental justice.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

Planning for Sustainable Land Development

We must protect Missoula’s land space from big developers to ensure there is space for nature and development that allows people to live in urban areas. I will prioritize land development that provides for and preserves existing open spaces for everyone in our community. As Missoula expands and continues to develop, we must focus on preserving farmland and providing spaces

for urban gardening to incorporate nature into our urban settings and alleviate food deserts. We must require a much larger portion of green space for any new development or remodeling.

Preventing Fracked Gas in New Construction

If we are going to make progress on tackling the climate crisis, we must stop using fossil fuels. That means we have to electrify our buildings and move away from our reliance on gas heating. I will fight to ensure that our zoning ordinances mandate that all new construction must be electrified with higher energy efficiency standards and must not use fracked gas heating.    

Strengthening Energy & Water Efficiency Regulations

We must strengthen building codes to increase energy and water efficiency. Implementing stronger building conservation codes will drastically lower our emissions and improve indoor air quality. If we have stronger energy efficiency standards for all new buildings along with on-site energy production, we can reduce energy costs for buildings to zero.

Strengthening energy efficiency standards in city buildings, committing to electrifying our city vehicle fleet, and ensuring government buildings are producing more on site renewable energy will help stop our local government’s dependence on fossil fuels. Not only will this reduce the city’s carbon footprint, but it will also save taxpayers money in the long run through savings on energy. 

Protecting our Watershed

We must not repeat past mistakes of where our government zoned for development on the floodplain, but we should protect floodplains from any new development by passing a city ordinance to prevent further development and damage on the floodplain. 

The pollution in our watershed is causing many of the fish to be poisonous to eat. We must work to pass stronger water protection ordinances to restore our watershed from pollution and to create stronger regulations that will prevent future pollution on our watershed.

Deconstruction, Rather than Destruction of City Buildings

Deconstruction is the process of dismantling buildings for the maximum reuse of the materials. According to the EPA, more than ⅔ of all waste originates from construction and demolition materials, so we must change the way we allow developments. 

Deconstructing our buildings will create local, good paying jobs, drastically reduce our community’s waste and energy consumption, and will create a sustainable cycle of materials.

Single-use Plastic & Styrofoam Phase Out

Single-use plastic and styrofoam have damaged our soil, water, and overall environmental health. We must take action to reduce commercial use of plastic and styrofoam by implementing a city ordinance to phase out these materials from our everyday use.

Recycling & Compost Pick Up

The Missoula government has committed to zero waste by 2050. We must take action now to make this goal possible. We should establish mandatory recycling and compost pick up services for Missoula residents to create a circular economy.

Reducing Minimum Parking Requirements

We must use urban land wisely to preserve our natural land for the health of our community and environment. Reducing the minimum parking requirements for buildings will open up space for many other possibilities: nature, bicycle and walking paths, or other community spaces.

Investing in affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation creates shared prosperity and health for our community. I am fighting for transportation policies that uplift all Missoulians to ensure we can all safely get around Missoula without needing a car. I will be working to protect and expand fare-free transit and pedestrian & cycling infrastructure, and I will be working on easing traffic congestion. 

Policy and Budget Priorities: 

Expanding our Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Network for Safe, Connected Cycling & Walking

Missoula is continuing to work on increasing our share of commuting trips by bike, but to do this, cycling must be safe and connected. We must accelerate progress in building bicycle paths to connect every part of town, such as connecting the University area to the South section of Missoula and to the other existing bicycle paths with safe cycling options. 

We should add a bicycle and pedestrian path to the Montana Rail Link bridge from Broadway to the baseball stadium. By studying our city’s bicycle and pedestrian path network and roads, we can ensure that we work to connect our paths for safe cycling that reaches every part of town.

Equity in Transportation

I will prioritize building our transportation agenda around access for all of our neighbors and connecting paths and bus routes to every part of town. Our bus service should continue to expand to new routes with higher frequency, making public transit convenient for all Missoulians to use. As new developments are made to neighborhoods, we must require developers to fund new bus stops and ensure frequent bus routes to those areas.

Upgrading our Snow Plowing Service

Even during the harshest days of our winter, we need to all be able to have reliable transportation. We must ensure that all roads in Missoula can be plowed fast each winter day by researching which roads need more timely service and adapting to those needs.

Adding New Crosswalks & Traffic Safety Lights

We can make transportation around Missoula much safer by adding crosswalks with flashing lights to all areas where people often cross. Along with new cross walks, the City should add flashing signs that tell drivers their speed and to slow down if necessary.

Taking on Traffic 

With the growing population and number of commuters in Missoula, we must take action to empower commuters with reliable, safe options to commute. We can do this by investing in public infrastructure that eases congested areas and by relieving traffic with expanded public transit. Implementing more measures of Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan will help us reach this goal.

Expanding Fare-Free Transit

The Mountain Line bus system in Missoula provides over 5 million rides a year for our community, fare-free for the passengers. Fare-free transportation helps uplift our community as a whole to work towards economic justice. I will protect fare-free transit to continue into Missoula’s future and expand service.

The safety and health of our community requires resources for public health: housing, treatment centers, trauma support, youth development, and fully funding new emergency response teams. Our local government should listen to community led efforts to create a multifaceted approach to public safety. We must change our crisis response infrastructure to ensure safe emergency situations for everyone in our community. By setting a new standard for community oversight and by taking direction from diverse groups of Missoulians, we can dismantle systems of oppression to create a healthy, safe community for all.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

COVID-19 Response

Working alongside the City-County Health Department and with key partners like Missoula County Public Schools, I am committed to finding solutions that protect the health and well-being of all Missoulians. We must have a fast-paced testing and vaccine program that does not require driving up in a car, along with vigorous contract tracing, and public health outreach based on science and public transparency. 

Adding New Crosswalks & Traffic Safety Lights

We can make transportation around Missoula much safer by adding crosswalks with flashing lights to all areas where people often cross. Along with new cross walks, the City should add flashing signs that tell drivers their speed and to slow down if necessary.

Providing Proper Resources to Help Those Who are Experiencing Homelessness in Our Community

We need to create long-term, stable, supportive housing for Missoulians experiencing homelessness, going beyond providing short-term shelter to address the root cause of housing instability: affordability and resources. We must also recognize that housing is a public health issue, and coordinate community partnerships to provide people experiencing homelessness with mental health care, treatment for substance abuse disorders, and other wrap-around services.

Working for Racial Justice

After our community advocated for racial justice by speaking out at City Council meetings, writing letters, and protesting for over 50 consecutive days, I thought we would see change locally. Our local government has failed our community with the 2021 budget, and Missoula deserves better. 

We must ensure our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members have leadership positions on all Citizen Oversight Committees and ensure the City Council takes direction from our BIPOC community when making all decisions. From the names of landmarks in our community to our policing system, we must change many parts of our society to create a just community for everyone. 

Investing in the Mobile Health Crisis Response Team

We must fully fund the Mobile Health Crisis Response Team, so that they can be the first responders to all calls that involve a mental health crisis, substance use, and other nonviolent emergency calls. 

Fully Funding Treatment Centers

Fully funding treatment centers for substance abuse and drop-in crisis stabilization centers will build a better foundation for crime prevention and a safer, healthier community. We must also put more funding into jail diversion programs to hire a full-time employee and the Missoula Youth Crisis Diversion Program to help give people in our community guidance and solutions, not prison as punishment. 

Community Transparency with Policing

We must create a Civilian Oversight Committee with subpoena power to investigate police misconduct and to ensure body cameras are always worn to build trust between the Missoula Police Department and our community. We should ensure BIPOC representation for the majority of this Civilian Oversight Committee and follow direction from community groups working on these issues. 

Creating a Food Sovereignty Program

We must create a food distribution program that ensures every member of our community has healthy food to eat. By working with the already existing local food distribution programs and local farmers, we can create a food sovereignty program that is sustainable and reliable for Missoulians of all walks of life.

Missoula’s economy and our post-pandemic economic recovery should be built on a commitment to empowering workers, ensuring workplace safety, and fighting for livable wages. I am focused on confronting wealth inequality and ensuring every worker can meet their family’s basic needs.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

Fully Funding Childcare & Early Education Programs

Having the resources to provide affordable childcare is essential to keeping Missoula affordable for everyday working families. We must fully fund childcare and early education services in Missoula by advocating for state funds, amending the current budget, and by providing incentives for non-profit childcare providers.

A Livable Wage for Workers

I will work to give a local option for minimum wages in Montana to increase the minimum wage in Missoula to at least $15 per hour. We must also set wage standards for any non-housing developments that TIF funds are used for. If a developer wants to apply for TIF funding, the subsidy should be offered with the condition that workers in that development will be paid enough to live in the newly redeveloped area, which will now have higher taxes, rent, and housing prices. 

Combating Gentrification

We must allow our community members to plan for our neighborhoods, not big developers. Establishing a Citizen Oversight Committee for developments with majority renters and working-class representation and no big developers on the committee will ensure that every day Missoulians decide what kind of developments are made in our community.

Our local government must stop incentivizing big businesses to develop in Missoula by stopping the trend of giving local tax funds to corporations such as Stockman Bank or Starbucks. We must prioritize development of small, local businesses in Missoula when our community wants them and deny developments from corporations and expensive hotel or real estate companies in our town.  

Helping Small Businesses

After and during the pandemic, we must provide the resources and community support for our local small businesses to thrive. The Missoula government should work closely to connect federal, state, and local resources to small businesses in Missoula and help with publicity to shop locally at small businesses. 

Helping Worker Owned Cooperatives

I will support and encourage Worker Owned Cooperatives for all Missoula industries. Giving all of the power of a business to the workers will create a more equitable, efficient and durable industries.

Missoulians know what is best for our community, but politicians often make their own decisions, despite our community’s input. I am running to ensure public advocacy and community involvement drives every decision that the City Council makes. 

Responding to Public Comments with Action

When our community members participate in local government by speaking out through public comment in person or online, our City Council should act on what the majority of our community wants. I will ensure that our budget and actions reflect what our community says that they want. 

Creating New Citizen Oversight Committees

We must work to establish new Citizen Oversight Committees to oversee other programs from the city and ensuring more political power to these Oversight Committees. Citizen Oversight Committees are a great tool for ensuring our community’s input drives the decisions that City Council makes, and I will work to ensure equity and diversity on all Citizen Oversight Committees.

Working with Community Organizations

Many organizations in Missoula have been working on these issues for decades and know best about how to solve the issues that they work on. I will take action on the City Council to represent what our community organizations suggest for solutions. 

Accessible Communications with Missoulians

Throughout my time on City Council, I will always be accessible to meet with Missoulians and be responsive to your emails and phone calls. It is crucial that our community members’ voices lead the charge for local government decisions.

“The issues that face our community are significant and require bold, brave solutions to overcome the challenges which face us.

I am running for Missoula City Council to take action that is matched in severity to the problems that make life harder for everyday Missoulians.” 

Affordable, adequate, and secure housing is a human right and a building block for the health of our community. We have a moral obligation to ensure unhoused Missoulians have access to secure and adequate housing. As it stands, our city’s budget and policies fail to prioritize housing solutions that work for Missoulians of all walks of life. I am committed to developing a fully funded Affordable Housing Trust Fund, implementing inclusionary zoning ordinances, regulating vacation rentals to prevent the loss of residential neighborhoods to AirBnB, and everything else it will take to ensure every member of our community is housed. 

Policy & Budget Priorities:

Affordable Housing Trust Fund

We must reallocate funds to increase the portion of the general budget that goes towards the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and ensuring permanent funding. We must ensure BIPOC representation on the Housing Trust Fund’s Citizen Oversight Committee and ensure unbiased experts and renters make up the majority of the committee instead of developers and builders.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

TIF has the capacity to do a lot of good, but it should only be used for housing or other projects that benefit the entire community. In recent years, TIF has been used to help fund big businesses such as Starbucks and Stockman bank in Missoula. I will not allow this to continue, but instead will commit to the majority of TIF spending to go towards affordable housing and community investments. 

We must designate at least 50% of TIF funds in every TIF District for permanently affordable housing: community land trust homes, affordable housing co-ops, or rental units developed with greater than 50-year affordability requirements. 

Tenant Protections

Requiring lower rental application fees by putting a control on these fees will help renters apply to new rentals. We need more transparency for where application fees are used. 

Renters should be able to be organized in a renter tenants association that could participate in City Council decisions, help prevent evictions, and be contacted when the rental laws change, such as when the national moratorium on eviction was implemented in 2020. When tenants have as much political say as real estate and big developers, we will be able to ensure affordable, available housing. 

Limiting Vacation Rentals inside City Limits

Recently City Council has loosened the owner occupancy rule on accessory dwelling units (ADU), secondary homes that share a lot with a primary house, which will lead to more Airbnb’s and other vacation rentals. We must change the ADU policy to ensure no Airbnb or vacation rentals are built as ADU and to limit the number of Airbnb or vacation rentals inside of city limits. The ADU policy should make it easier to build an ADU on property and to rent ADU out to everyone, giving more options for affordable housing with ADU. 

Land Banking 

Land banking is a tool to set aside urban land for future affordable housing development. This will help us preserve rural land and allow more people to live in the urban areas as Missoula’s population grows. We must ensure a Community Oversight Committee with no developers on the committee to make decisions for land banking. 

Linkage fees 

A linkage fee would be added on to developments that extend water and other utilities, granting more funding to the Affordable Housing Trust. This is a fee for large developers to ensure that some of their development profits are put back into helping community housing. After the pandemic, we will need to ensure enough funding for our community members struggling with housing security and adding a linkage fee on to new developments will provide funds.

Housing First

Missoula needs a permanent Housing First policy to create long-term housing for our unhoused neighbors. Housing First provides housing and social services for unhoused people with no preconditions. When Missoulians are forced to move or evicted, there needs to be a relocation assistance program with a hired housing navigator to help our neighbors secure housing.

I will fight for reallocating more funds towards providing homes for every member of our community and prioritize funding shelters in the meantime. With a plan and political will, we can ensure that every Missoulian is housed.

Pulling Missoulians Out of Homelessness in Our Community 

We need to create long-term, stable, supportive housing for Missoulians experiencing homelessness, going beyond providing short-term shelter to address the root cause of housing instability: affordability and resources. We must also recognize that housing is a public health issue, and coordinate community partnerships to provide people experiencing homelessness with mental health care, treatment for substance abuse disorders, and other wrap-around services.

Creating Diversity in our Tax Revenue Portfolio

Currently, everything the City government uses is funded by property taxes. I understand that the trend of exponentially increasing property taxes is adding the  issues we are facing with Missoula’s housing crisis. 

When increasing the budget on City Council, I will support diverse tax revenue options to fund the City services that we need.

Inclusionary Zoning

Passing inclusionary zoning ordinances will require developers to have a portion of newly constructed homes in residential areas set as permanently affordable for low-income households. We must pass an inclusionary zoning resolution, suggesting at least 30% affordable housing units for every new development. I will prioritize inclusionary zoning with every new housing development to ensure that when new homes are built that they are affordable.

If elected, I will push to recreate the city’s inclusionary zoning study group that was disbanded by council in 2019. We must also bring in an inclusionary zoning specialist, who is not hired by the real estate or development industry, to craft policies tailored to Missoula’s unique demographics and current economic realities.

Although Inclusionary Zoning has become illegal from the 2021 state legislature’s decision, Missoula can implement a form of Inclusionary Zoning by using a covenant on City owned land to require housing developers to build a portion of truly affordable homes for low income residents.

We must take action at the local government level to create stronger protections for the water in our rivers, the air that we breathe, and for the place we call home. Our local government must take direction from Indigenous people, scientists, and local grassroots and non-profit leaders to create a truly sustainable community founded on climate and environmental justice.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

Planning for Sustainable Land Development

We must protect Missoula’s land space from big developers to ensure there is space for nature and development that allows people to live in urban areas. I will prioritize land development that provides for and preserves existing open spaces for everyone in our community. As Missoula expands and continues to develop, we must focus on preserving farmland and providing spaces

for urban gardening to incorporate nature into our urban settings and alleviate food deserts. We must require a much larger portion of green space for any new development or remodeling.

Ensuring Missoula’s 100% Renewable Energy Transition

The majority of Missoulians receive their power from Northwestern Energy, where our energy prices are on a steady incline. Missoula City and County have made a commitment to 100% renewable electricity by 2030, but Northwestern Energy plans to build four new gas plants to provide our energy instead.

I will work with the Missoula County Commission and Mayoral office to ensure Missoula City and County reaches our renewable energy goal and receive fair energy rates by investing in our own energy production and distribution. 

Preventing Fracked Gas in New Construction

If we are going to make progress on tackling the climate crisis, we must stop using fossil fuels. That means we have to electrify our buildings and move away from our reliance on gas heating. I will fight to ensure that our zoning ordinances mandate that all new construction must be electrified and must not use fracked gas heating.    

Strengthening Energy & Water Efficiency Regulations

We must strengthen building codes to increase energy and water efficiency. Implementing stronger building conservation codes will drastically lower our emissions and improve indoor air quality. If we have stronger energy efficiency standards for all new buildings along with on-site energy production, we can reduce energy costs for buildings to zero.

Strengthening energy efficiency standards in city buildings, committing to electrifying our city vehicle fleet, and ensuring government buildings are producing more on site renewable energy will help stop our local government’s dependence on fossil fuels. Not only will this reduce the city’s carbon footprint, but it will also save taxpayers money in the long run through savings on energy. 

Protecting our Watershed

We must not repeat past mistakes of where our government zoned for development on the floodplain, but we should protect floodplains from any new development by passing a city ordinance to prevent further development and damage on the floodplain. 

The pollution in our watershed is causing many of the fish to be poisonous to eat. We must work to pass stronger water protection ordinances to restore our watershed from pollution and to create stronger regulations that will prevent future pollution on our watershed.

Deconstruction, Rather than Destruction of City Buildings

Deconstruction is the process of dismantling buildings for the maximum reuse of the materials. According to the EPA, more than ⅔ of all waste originates from construction and demolition materials, so we must change the way we allow developments. 

Deconstructing our buildings will create local, good paying jobs, drastically reduce our community’s waste and energy consumption, and will create a sustainable cycle of materials.

Single-use Plastic & Styrofoam Phase Out

Single-use plastic and styrofoam have damaged our soil, water, and overall environmental health. We must take action to reduce commercial use of plastic and styrofoam by implementing a city ordinance to phase out these materials from our everyday use.

Recycling & Compost Pick Up

The Missoula government has committed to zero waste by 2050. We must take action now to make this goal possible. We should establish mandatory recycling and compost pick up services for Missoula residents to create a circular economy.  In addition to mandatory recycling and compost up services, we should create a Pay As You Throw system for trash removal instead of a fixed rate so that Missoulians are incentivized and rewarded for reducing waste.

Reducing Minimum Parking Requirements

We must use urban land wisely to preserve our natural land for the health of our community and environment. Reducing the minimum parking requirements for buildings will open up space for many other possibilities: nature, bicycle and walking paths, or other community spaces.

Investing in affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation creates shared prosperity and health for our community. I am fighting for transportation policies that uplift all Missoulians to ensure we can all safely get around Missoula without needing a car. I will be working to protect and expand fare-free transit and pedestrian & cycling infrastructure, and I will be working on easing traffic congestion. 

Policy and Budget Priorities:

Expanding our Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Network for Safe, Connected Cycling & Walking

Missoula is continuing to work on increasing our share of commuting trips by bike, but to do this, cycling must be safe and connected. We must accelerate progress in building bicycle paths to connect every part of town, such as connecting the University area to the South section of Missoula and to the other existing bicycle paths with safe cycling options. 

We should add a bicycle and pedestrian path to the Montana Rail Link bridge from Broadway to the baseball stadium. By studying our city’s bicycle and pedestrian path network and roads, we can ensure that we work to connect our paths for safe cycling that reaches every part of town.

Equity in Transportation

I will prioritize building our transportation agenda around access for all of our neighbors and connecting paths and bus routes to every part of town. Our bus service should continue to expand to new routes with higher frequency, making public transit convenient for all Missoulians to use. As new developments are made to neighborhoods, we must require developers to fund new bus stops and ensure frequent bus routes to those areas.

Upgrading our Snow Plowing Service

Even during the harshest days of our winter, we need to all be able to have reliable transportation. We must ensure that all roads in Missoula can be plowed fast each winter day by researching which roads need more timely service and adapting to those needs.

Taking on Traffic 

With the growing population and number of commuters in Missoula, we must take action to empower commuters with reliable, safe options to commute. We can do this by investing in public infrastructure that eases congested areas and by relieving traffic with expanded public transit. Implementing more measures of Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan will help us reach this goal.

Expanding Fare-Free Transit

The Mountain Line bus system in Missoula provides over 5 million rides a year for our community, fare-free for the passengers. Fare-free transportation helps uplift our community as a whole to work towards economic justice. I will protect fare-free transit to continue into Missoula’s future and expand service.

The safety and health of our community requires resources for public health: housing, treatment centers, trauma support, youth development, and fully funding new emergency response teams. Our local government should listen to community led efforts to create a multifaceted approach to public safety. We must change our crisis response infrastructure to ensure safe emergency situations for everyone in our community. By setting a new standard for community oversight and by taking direction from diverse groups of Missoulians, we can dismantle systems of oppression to create a healthy, safe community for all.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

COVID-19 Response

Working alongside the City-County Health Department and with key partners like Missoula County Public Schools, I am committed to finding solutions that protect the health and well-being of all Missoulians. We must have a fast-paced testing and vaccine program that does not require driving up in a car, along with vigorous contract tracing, and public health outreach based on science and public transparency. 

Working for Racial Justice

After our community advocated for racial justice by speaking out at City Council meetings, writing letters, and protesting for over 50 consecutive days, I thought we would see change locally. Our local government has failed our community with the 2021 budget, and Missoula deserves better. 

We must ensure our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members have leadership positions on all Citizen Oversight Committees and ensure the City Council takes direction from our BIPOC community when making all decisions. From the names of landmarks in our community to our policing system, we must change many parts of our society to create a just community for everyone. 

Investing in the Mobile Health Crisis Response Team

We must fully fund the Mobile Health Crisis Response Team, so that they can be the first responders to all calls that involve a mental health crisis, substance use, and other nonviolent emergency calls. 

Fully Funding Treatment Centers

Fully funding treatment centers for substance abuse and drop-in crisis stabilization centers will build a better foundation for crime prevention and a safer, healthier community. We must also put more funding into jail diversion programs to hire a full-time employee and the Missoula Youth Crisis Diversion Program to help give people in our community guidance and solutions, not prison as punishment. 

Community Transparency with Policing

We must create a Civilian Oversight Committee with subpoena power to investigate police misconduct and to ensure body cameras are always worn to build trust between the Missoula Police Department and our community. We should ensure BIPOC representation for the majority of this Civilian Oversight Committee and follow direction from community groups working on these issues. 

Creating a Food Sovereignty Program

We must create a food distribution program that ensures every member of our community has healthy food to eat. By working with the already existing local food distribution programs and local farmers, we can create a food sovereignty program that is sustainable and reliable for Missoulians of all walks of life.

Missoula’s economy and our post-pandemic economic recovery should be built on a commitment to empowering workers, ensuring workplace safety, and fighting for livable wages. I am focused on confronting wealth inequality and ensuring every worker can meet their family’s basic needs.

Policy and Budget Priorities:

A Livable Wage for Workers

Although the municipal government cannot pass a city-wide minimum wage, the City Council could require a living wage floor for all city workers. This would be a good step towards providing every worker in our community with a livable wage. I will work to give a local option for minimum wages in Montana to increase the minimum wage in Missoula to at least $15 per hour.

We must also set wage standards for any non-housing developments that TIF funds are used for. If a developer wants to apply for TIF funding, the subsidy should be offered with the condition that workers in that development will be paid enough to live in the newly redeveloped area, which will now have higher taxes, rent, and housing prices. 

Combating Gentrification

We must allow our community members to plan for our neighborhoods, not big developers. Establishing a Citizen Oversight Committee for developments with majority renters and working-class representation and no big developers on the committee will ensure that every day Missoulians decide what kind of developments are made in our community.

Our local government must stop incentivizing big businesses to develop in Missoula by stopping the trend of giving local tax funds to corporations such as Stockman Bank or Starbucks. We must prioritize development of small, local businesses in Missoula when our community wants them and deny developments from corporations and expensive hotel or real estate companies in our town.  

Helping Small Businesses

After and during the pandemic, we must provide the resources and community support for our local small businesses to thrive. The Missoula government should work closely to connect federal, state, and local resources to small businesses in Missoula and help with publicity to shop locally at small businesses.

Helping Worker Owned Cooperatives

I will support and encourage Worker Owned Cooperatives for all Missoula industries. Giving all of the power of a business to the workers will create a more equitable, efficient and durable industries.

Missoulians know what is best for our community, but politicians often make their own decisions, despite our community’s input. I am running to ensure public advocacy and community involvement drives every decision that the City Council makes.

Responding to Public Comments with Action

When our community members participate in local government by speaking out through public comment in person or online, our City Council should act on what the majority of our community wants. I will ensure that our budget and actions reflect what our community says that they want. 

Creating New Citizen Oversight Committees

We must work to establish new Citizen Oversight Committees to oversee other programs from the city and ensuring more political power to these Oversight Committees. Citizen Oversight Committees are a great tool for ensuring our community’s input drives the decisions that City Council makes, and I will work to ensure equity and diversity on all Citizen Oversight Committees.

Working with Community Organizations

Many organizations in Missoula have been working on these issues for decades and know best about how to solve the issues that they work on. I will take action on the City Council to represent what our community organizations suggest for solutions. 

Accessible Communications with Missoulians

Throughout my time on City Council, I will always be accessible to meet with Missoulians and be responsive to your emails and phone calls. It is crucial that our community members’ voices lead the charge for local government decisions. 

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Ward 3

Missoula City Council

Connect with Daniel

Candidate for Ward 3

Mailing Address 530 S. 5th Street E. APT 1, Missoula, MT, 59801

Email CarlinoforMissoula@gmail.com