Elections 2017

Fromberg Mayor Race

Shirley Miller

What qualifications and background do you have that will help make you a good City Council member?

Over twenty years in City and County Administration. Background in Accounting/A/P, A/R ,Payroll and Employee Supervision. Knowledge of Building Codes and Ordinance, Grants and Distribution.  Community Development. Utilities Supervisor. Additional training: Fair Labor Standards and Taxes. Community Involvement: Volunteer Fire Dept., Council on Aging, Medicare Advocate, Senior Centers Activities and Fundraising, After School Programs, College Sorority.

What are the biggest challenges facing the City and how would you resolve them?

Right now, the biggest challenges are: New Lagoons, Streets and Improvement to Town.

How would you develop relationships: a. among city agencies and the people b. between the city and the county?

I would develop relations with employees and town agencies with meetings , plans and listening to their concerns  and work with them to find  solutions that would benefit all. I would work with the County and attend meetings, hear what their concerns are and  participate with suggestions.

How would you like to see the City run?

I would like to see our City run with openness and ethics. I am a firm believer in a process that is done properly and  above board. I would like to see the citizens of Fromberg get more involved in the administration of the city. We need good ideas, a lot of public input. Right now the people of the town do not feel they are being heard. 

Where would you like to see Fromberg in five years? Unlike a few in Fromberg, I don't feel we will have substantial growth in a short five years. Development  takes a serious amount of planning, research, funding and investors who are looking to put their money somewhere will insist on some incentives. I will instead focus on much needed improvement to city infrastructure and maintenance and ensure we have a good working that allows us to perhaps invest in ourselves and save for future endeavors and possibly develop a project that will put needed revenue back into the town.

 

Leza Vargas (write-in)

What qualifications and background do you have that will help make you a good City Mayor?

I have spent the last 20 years immersed in marketing and staff management.  My experience in policies and procedures and my work as a corporate trainer and liaison, uniquely qualifies me to bridge the gap between city officials and the community.  I am well versed in the power of marketing and already use extensive venues to showcase this beautiful valley.   

What are the biggest challenges facing Fromberg and how will you address them? 

Growth in the Clark’s Fork Valley is inevitable.  Our challenge now is to encourage families to move to the area and make the town a promising and lucrative investment opportunity for business owners and homeowners alike.  Proper zoning and enforcement of county and city regulations are critical.  Lax zoning and ill-advised variances have skewed the lines between business and residential. It is critical that we get back to our core zoning. Complaints must be addressed promptly and empathetically and the town as a whole needs to adhere to the policy for growth and development set forth by the council and county. 

How would you develop relationships: a. among city agencies and the people b. between the city and the county?

Transparency, adherence to the law and communication is what will continue to close the gap between city officials and the community.  I believe most members of the community want the best for Fromberg, we need only to find common ground.   Carbon County has a strong history of successful growth and with their guidance, we can make Fromberg a valuable part of that collective.   

How would you like to see the City run? 

We are very fortunate that the hard work of previous councils has provided us with a solid “in the black” foundation to build from.  I hope to see the town move forward with encompassing community involvement.  It’s time to tackle the big issues that are inhibiting our growth and start working together with initiatives that solve problems, rather than empty complaints with no offered solutions. 

Where would you like to see Fromberg in five years?

Some believe my ideas are fanciful at best, but as a Realtor, I have firsthand knowledge and a unique perspective of the level of growth and expansion into this area.  I see Fromberg as having the potential to have a thriving Main Street with multiple unique businesses.   We have several iconic and stable businesses in place already. With their support and positive influence we can build West River Street into a viable inviting Main Street and increase properties in the town as a whole. 

 


Fromberg City Council Candidate

Tim Nottingham

What qualifications and background do you have that will help make you a good City Council member? Born and raised in Carbon County, graduating from Red Lodge High School. Born and raised in a farming environment. Trained in law enforcement (6 years in the military as law enforcement officer. Worked as a reserve deputy sheriff for Carbon County while being a police officer for Bridger and also Red Lodge. Spent five plus years as a Federal Agent for the Federal Government.) Worked numerous years in maintenance and mechanics. Spent the past 4 years on the Fromberg City Council so I am familiar with the issues of the city. This being said I have a strong resolve to help Fromberg revitalize a positive spirit in the citizens of this community.

What are the biggest challenges facing the City and how would you resolve them?

The new construction of the wastewater treatment plant along with the financial responsibilies of the town. Continue going forward with the current plan of replacing our wastewater treatment facility without raising our current water and sewer rates. Also try to curb the spending of the current mayor and some of the city council.

How would you develop relationships: a. among city agencies and the people b. between the city and the county?

a) Continued positive communication between the city agencies and the citizens of Fromberg. b) Currently we have a very good working relationship with the county agencies.

How would you like to see the City run?

I would like to see the city run with a conservative, positive economic growth and with better management of our funds and a positive approach to ensuring our citizens a more stable city government.

Where would you like to see Fromberg in five years?

I would like to see Fromberg’s downtown revitalized with new businesses open and thriving. The Fromberg Improvement Committee has done a great job thus far on its own, but could use some positive help from the city government.

 

Lula Price

What qualifications and background do you have that will help make you a good City Council member?

I have lived in Fromberg for 12 years 9 of those 12 years I was the Postmaster in Fromberg. I have served two years on the Council filling in for another council position that was vacated by another councilman.

 

What are the biggest challenges facing the City and how would you resolve them?

The biggest challenges are finding funds to carry out the needed repairs need for the infrastructures that town needs.

 

How would you develop relationships: a. among city agencies and the people b. between the city and the county?

At this time Fromberg has in place a good relationship with the surrounding towns and county.

 

How would you like to see the City run?

Town should be run with transparency where possible. I understand that some things have to be kept private.

With the new well and sewer system completed and the streets in town all repaired. All the storefronts updated some have already been done.  

 

Where would you like to see Fromberg in five years?

The other things I have in mind would take more than five years.

 


Red Lodge Ward 1  Candidate

 

Dave Westwood

What qualifications and background do you have that will help make you a good City Council member?

First and foremost, I like being “part of the solution” – I always have. It is very rewarding. Problem solving has always been a major part of my “day job”. I’ve got 30+ years of listening to people and asking the right questions to distill a variety of issues down to the essential components, and then working with others to find a solution. As a technology instructor, I was required to take in and absorb a large amount of information and then be able to disseminate it in a meaningful, easy-to-understand way. I believe these are all core skills that are necessary to be a successful council member. I come from a family of volunteering and civic involvement. So, while I’ve never run for a public office before, when the idea was suggested to me by several friends and neighbors, it seemed like an appropriate next step. I am also fortunate to have a job that allows the flexibility necessary to make the time commitments this role requires. I recognize that is a unique situation, and feel it comes with a responsibility to give back to the community.

What are the biggest challenges facing the City and how would you resolve them?

We have an old and deteriorating infrastructure and finite resources. To address the core infrastructure needs of the community, we need to focus and prioritize both time and financial resources on the appropriate things. Finding solutions to the pressing key infrastructure concerns may require some “out-of-the-box” thinking, but it also starts with eliminating distractions from non-essential services and issues. One change I’d like to see is expanding future survey questioning used to gather community input whenever additional services are brought up for discussion. I’d like to see the questions expanded to include asking about “what is this service worth to you”. I think it is unfair and ultimately unproductive to ask questions about services such as pools or even 7x24x365 law enforcement without acknowledging there are additional costs associated with these items.

How would you develop relationships: a. among city agencies and the people b. between the city and the county?

Be accessible (dwestwood.ward1@gmail.com). Be pleasant. Be easy to talk to. Listen. Really listen. Treat people with respect and assume that others have the best of intentions even when their opinion doesn’t align with your own. Constantly work to create and maintain an environment where disagreement does not have to mean contention. Problems get solved and things get done when people deal with each other respectfully, regardless of differing viewpoints.

How would you like to see the City run?

It may sound overly simplistic, but I would like to see the City run as it is organized to run. And focusing on the sort of issues it should be focusing on. We have very defined roles for government at the Federal, State, and municipality level. And within each of those realms, there is a hierarchy akin to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the City level, we should be focusing first on water and sewer, then roads and other supporting infrastructure necessary to ensure the economic viability of a small resort community. At our municipality level, the City Council has a very specifically defined role. As does the Mayor, and also department heads. They should each be entrusted and expected to dutifully fulfill those roles. I think it is appropriate we as a community demand accountability from our elected officials, but I also recognize that is very different from expecting we will all agree on all issues all the time. I think better communications up front and throughout the decision making process can preemptively avoid much of the time and emotional energy spent defending positions to those who may not agree with every decision (and there will always be differences in opinions). I would like to see significant decisions put as close to the people as possible. Examples include the upcoming Cemetery District vote, as well as the potential future Special Improvements District for the Bench. Determining the appropriate level of law enforcement services and coverage is another decision that should be placed as close to the voters as possible.

Where would you like to see Red Lodge in five years?

I would like to see Red Lodge on solid, sustainable financial ground including appropriate reserves to address unforeseen infrastructure issues. I would like to see a restored sense of confidence in the way the City is run, based on better communications and more involvement from LOTS more folks. I would like private citizens and business owners to view Red Lodge as a good “partner” as they choose to invest their private dollars here in homes and businesses. And I would like to see these partnerships play an important role as we, together, address many of the issues Red Lodge currently faces and will face in the future.

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