Meet the candidates

Thursday, October 31, 2019

 

The City of Glendive is currently in the midst of a municipal, all-mail election.

Ballots were distributed to active voters who reside in Ward 3 and Ward 4. Voters who reside in those two wards and did not receive a ballot should contact the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Residents of Ward 1 and Ward 2 did not receive ballots because there were no contested elections in those wards.

Ward 3 candidates include long-time councilman Mike Dryden and challenger Tanner Roe. Candidates in Ward 4 include another long-serving councilman, Leon Baker and challenger Kevin Thompson.

Ballots may be returned by mail or in person at the Dawson County Courthouse. They must be received before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

 

MEET THE CANDIDATES

 

Tanner Roe

What is your educational background? What is your occupation and work history? Family?:

I am a graduate from the DCHS Class of 2019. During my high school career, I have made the most of almost every opportunity. I have held many extracurricular officer positions, the most important as a state-elected officer as a Montana Lieutenant Governor for Key Club International. I even received an invitation for ENVISION: a summer law program at Stanford University. However, I couldn’t attend due to financial cost. As of now, I am taking classes at Dawson Community College with the ultimate goal of getting my Masters in Public Administration. I am currently employed as a Control Room Operator at Dawson County Corrections Facility which is also my first major job.

Why are you running for office and why do you think you would be an effective city council member for Glendive?

I am running for office because I have found my life’s passion: Service. Throughout high school, I found my calling is helping others in the form of servant leadership and I strive to do this in any capacity I possibly can. As for what I see in an effective city council member is an individual that strives to build up everyone in the community. We are better when we can all stand tall!

What do you see as the biggest opportunities for Glendive’s prosperity and growth and how would you leverage those opportunities?

The biggest opportunity that we, as a city, can take advantage of is the properties by the interstate turnoff and the Sidney highway. If we begin the process of introducing businesses there, we will reap the rewards for years to come.

What issues/challenges facing the city (or your ward) do you have a particularly strong stance on and how would you respond to those issues?

I often hear about the division of how people think this city should grow. As a city council member, I would try to both mediate and mend a bridge of understanding between the sides so that we may start the process to a compromise.

What, if any, changes do you think need to be made in Glendive and how would you go about affecting that change as a member of Glendive’s city government?

As a city, we definitely need to address the problems with our quality of education. It is definitely a contentious topic, but we don’t need to necessarily rush it. Baby steps with things such as significantly smaller bonds might be the best course of action to make this city better for our future generation.

 

Mike Dryden

What is your educational background? What is your occupation and work history? Family?:

M.S. in Education; Public school teacher/coach 41 years; wife Linda, son Kevin, daughter Theresa, step-son Troy Purvis, step-daughters Kola Miller, KyAnn Norcutt, Kori Clark, eleven grandchildren, two dogs, three cats. Children age 40 to 49 years of age.

Why are you running for office and why do you think you would be an effective city council member for Glendive?

I’m running as a Councilman assist with specific City projects, improve traffic safety, and assist with the coming transition in Glendive City department head personnel. Effective city council members need to prepare themselves for upcoming issues, be present and available to the public, and have the courage to make decisions. I think, in my almost 20 years on the council, I’ve represented my ward effectively but certainly I have learned from my mistakes along the way.

What do you see as the biggest opportunities for Glendive’s prosperity and growth and how would you leverage those opportunities?

The biggest opportunities for Glendive to prosper, from a city government point-ofview, is to have proper city infrastructure and services and a positive attitude to help businesses navigate the bureaucracies of government.

What issues/challenges facing the city (or your ward) do you have a particularly strong stance on and how would you respond to those issues?

Current issues begin with passing a balanced budget, without significant increases in taxes, that continue to meet community expectations for services. Provide the community with good service at a fair cost. Retirement of long-serving department heads, who have served the city well, is another primary concern. We also have buildings downtown that pose health and safety concerns for our community. How can we as a community revitalize certain areas of downtown. Downtown business people can offer some insight here.

What, if any, changes do you think need to be made in Glendive and how would you go about affecting that change as a member of Glendive’s city government?

Much has been done recently to improve our streets, sewer, and water. There are certain trafficsafety items that deal with pedestrians, parking and traffic flow that I would like to see implemented. Flashing yellow lights for school crossings to alert drivers to school-children pedestrians.

I’ll continue work department heads, with the council, with the public through hearings, and with any individual citizen who has an issue for the city to address.

Thanks to the community for the past privilege of serving you and I congratulate Tanner Roe for showing interest in the City government of Glendive. Good luck, Tanner!

 

Leon Baker

What is your educational background? What is your occupation and work history? Family?:

I came to Glendive in 1957 and went to 12 years of school and graduated from DCHS. I went to DCC for two years and got a associate of arts degree. I worked for Safeway where the EPIC is today for 13 years with a 2 year break to serve in the US Army under a draft notice. I later did 31 years with Dawson County and retired, I am 68 yrs old now.

Why are you running for office and why do you think you would be an effective city council member for Glendive?

I have one grown son 40 yrs old and have lived in the same house on South Taylor since 1981.

What do you see as the biggest opportunities for Glendive’s prosperity and growth and how would you leverage those opportunities?

I have faith in Glendive and hope that investments will come to Glendive in the near future.

What issues/challenges facing the city (or your ward) do you have a particularly strong stance on and how would you respond to those is

In my heart I have an agenda that someday we will solve the mud that gets in ward 4 from the Rosser ditch area and badlands. I have been on those streets after our recent rains and it has got to be a mess.

What, if any, changes do you think need to be made in Glendive and how would you go about affecting that change as a member of Glendive’s city government?

As and incumbent hoping to get elected for another term I seen a sidewalk and curb gutter program work well for Glendive. I would like to see it continue and hope within 2 years we can get another one started.

 

Kevin Thompson

What is your educational background? What is your occupation and work history? Family?:

Attended elementary, middle and high school in Glendive, Graduated from Dawson Community College with an AA degree in Business. Currently employed as Energy Programs Director at Action for Eastern Montana

Why are you running for office and why do you think you would be an effective city council member for Glendive?

I am running for city council because our community is facing several challenges that require commitment and great leadership from our local government. As a Non-Profit Director, I have spent the last 21 years working to improve the lives of children and families in eastern Montana. I have served on several local boards and committees. My desire to run for city council is an extension of my continued desire to serve this community. I am committed to improving the quality of life in our community and realize that serving as a policy maker is one of the most direct ways to make a difference.

What do you see as the biggest opportunities for Glendive’s prosperity and growth and how would you leverage those opportunities?

Revitalize the City’s business development and growth efforts to attract new investment and support business retention and growth. Brand the city and market Glendive to tourists, motorists, and visitors throughout the region. Use Glendive’s location and unique culture and demographics as a selling point for investors and a draw for visitors as well as business investors.

What issues/challenges facing the city (or your ward) do you have a particularly strong stance on and how would you respond to those issues?

Flood plain, work aggressively with the city planner, county commissioners and the Army Corp of Engineers to come up with a viable solution that will benefit the community at large for future expansion.

What, if any, changes do you think need to be made in Glendive and how would you go about affecting that change as a member of Glendive’s city government?

There are many problems in our community today, as just one noted above with the flood plain issue, but identifying those issues is half the battle. With a laundry list of challenges to face, now is the time for residents, business leaders, city officials, and community organizations to come together and begin to find solutions.

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