MISSOULA, Mont. - NBC Montana continues its Decision 2013 coverage of the Missoula Municipal Election with a look at the Ward 3 City Council race. The race pits Emily Bentey against Paul Bohan.
Emily Bentley tells NBC Montana she currently works as a state campaign manager for Compassion and Choices Montana, which is an organization that works to expand choice and care at the end of life, including "death with dignity" decisions. Bentley has a Master's in Public Administration and currently sits on the Board of Commissioners for the Missoula Housing Authority.
Bentley says she wants to work to tackle the growing gap between wages and cost of living in Missoula. Bentley tells NBC Montana that the city should increase its housing stock, and Bentley wants to work to protect the city's urban forest. Bentley also says she's excited about working on women's issues, and overseeing the implementation of the agreement with the Department of Justice.
Paul Bohan's varied work history includes experience as a teacher, a track and field coach and bus driver. He has also worked in the ski patrol at Marshall Mountain and Snowbowl, as well as worked at a group home for developmentally disabled adults. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management. Bohan says Missoula City government should pay attention to issues facing current residents before it pursues making the city bigger.
Bohan tells NBC Montana he also wants city officials to boost their line of communication with the public, to the point where even a middle schooler would be able to understand the budget layout. Bohan would also like increased transparency about city decisions, with additional effort paid to disclosing to the public where funding for actions comes from.
Ballots go out October 21, and the election is November 5.