Great Falls voters will select two city commissioners next month from among six candidates in the running.
One of them is Bruce Pollington. The 72-year old retiree has lived in Great Falls since 1969.
Pollington is married and has two grandchildren. This is his first run for political office.
His career has spanned a number of jobs including work at a Great Falls tv station, both hospitals, and the CM Russell Museum.
His community involvement included chairing the River's Edge Trail Foundation and the Black Eagle EPA Super-fund site. He is also a member of the Missouri Madison River Foundation which grants recreational facilities from Fort Benton to the headwaters of the the Missouri River.
Pollington says he applauds the current city commission for their maintenance projects such as new waterlines under the Missouri and Sun Rivers.
He would like to see better communication between the commission and the community.
And he says better paying jobs won't come to Great Falls until there is more growth.
"Without growth, you don't have an employee base for a business either existing locally or one to come in and expand on,” said Pollington. “ Combine that with the fact that we also have a new housing shortage. If a business wants to bring in their employees we really don't have good opportunities for them to live here."
Ballots will be mailed out on October 21st. They are due back by 8 p.m. on November 5th.
The candidates are Tracy Houck; Bruce Pollington; Kim Rodriguez; Jasmine Taylor; Terry Thompson; and Rick Tryon.
(JUNE 18, 2019) Monday was the last day to file for the upcoming municipal election in Great Falls.
There are two open seats on the City Commission, and the candidates include: Rick Tryon, Bruce Pollington, Kim Rodriguez, Jasmine Taylor and Terry Thompson.
Commissioner Tracy Houck is seeking another four-year term.
Mayor Bob Kelly and Steven Bolstad, a municipal judge, are running unopposed for the fall election.