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Missoula mayoral challenger Lisa Triepke cites Bozeman as model for housing, jobs, university relations at City Club Missoula forum

October 17, 2017View for printing

The first question posed by former Montana Public Radio news director Sally Mauk at the Missoula mayoral forum held Monday asked the two candidates who they voted for in the last presidential election.

Lisa Triepke declined to answer, citing privacy rights, while Mayor John Engen said he voted for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The question and the candidates' responses set the tone for the fourth in a series of mayoral forums, this one hosted by City Club Missoula before several hundred people.

By Martin Kidston ... oral-forum/


If you were unable to attend, the video of the forum will be posted here shortly. ... city%20club


Engen, Triepke polite in first and only debate

The first question was met with groans and some smiles: "Who did you support in the presidential election and why?"

Moderator and former Montana Public Radio News Director Sally Mauk put the question to Missoula's two candidates for mayor, John Engen and Lisa Triepke, at their debate Monday morning.

Triepke answered by expounding on how she liked that the mayoral race is nonpartisan. The national election was ugly, she said, and she's happy to be running a middle-of-the-road campaign.

But, when it came down to it, she said "voting is a privacy right" and would not say who she voted for.

Engen, a long-time Democrat, was happy to say he voted for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama before her. While the mayoral race is nonpartisan, he said parties are helpful in understanding where candidates' values lie.

That was the first of a few times the two candidates differed, however politely, in their first and only debate of the local race.

PETER FRIESEN ... top-story-2

City Club Missoula hosted a mayoral forum Monday afternoon

The two candidates John Engen and Lisa Triepke were asked questions about popular issues such as taxes, health care, state policies and affordable housing.

"There's two ways that we can affect it. One is trying to approach it through the budget so we are not constantly raising property taxes and also to work within the community," said Triepke.

"We haven't done enough. And fundamentally we just need to do more, which is why we tipped up the housing office about a year and a half ago. Our first ever effort to be more intentional about creating housing opportunities for all Missoulians," said Mayor Engen.

By Kaitlin Miller ... y-afternoon


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