Missoula residents Annelise Noelle Hedahl and David “Doc” Moore are the two candidates running for a Ward 5 Missoula City Council seat this year. The two are vying for outgoing Councilman Dick Haines' seat.
Hedahl has worked for the Missoula Building Industry Association, and has sold ad space for multiple organizations including the Missoulian and Charter Media, where she currently works.
She says she didn’t have political aspirations before this summer, when she says she heard talk of a possible closure of a fire station in her ward. Her husband is a fireman with the city.
Hedahl says she wanted to get involved and explore other issues she could help out with. For instance, she says she wants to see more sidewalks in her ward.
“I hope to be able to be a sound voice, find common ground with people [and] be someone easy to work with,” said Hedahl.
Moore, meanwhile, worked in the automotive field for more than 30 years, including positions as a technician and service manager. He also recently completed a Masters in public administration, and finished his first legislative session as a Republican State Representative for Montana House District 91.
He said he was inspired to do a late filing to prevent another unopposed city council race in Missoula, of which he says there have been too many over the years.
Moore says he wants to see the City Council limit city spending.
“We keep increasing spending every year, raising taxes every year, and that's going to be unsustainable,” said Moore.
Ballots go out October 21, and the municipal election will be held November 5.