Oct 7, 2013 8:58 AM by KPAX News Staff

Missoula mayoral candidates debate

MISSOULA - It won't be too long until Garden City voters cast their ballots for mayor, and on Sunday night the candidates got together to share their views on Missoula's future.

Current Mayor John Engen along with candidates Michael Hyde, Peggy Ann Cain, and Dean McCollom talked about taxes, affordable living, water rights and commercial development during the forum at the Missoula Children's Theater.

"Possible look to having bypass routes as Kalispell has done and Billings is doing - and I think Bozeman has also done a bypass, so trucks don't have to take the same routes that the cars do," Cain said.

"I am willing to donate $40,000 of my mayoral salary to build a community greenhouse and farmers market. I understand it will take a lot more to accomplish that, but that would be a good start to put forward in the right direction," Hyde stated.

"We don't have the industry. We don't make something that leaves the Five Valleys area, which will essentially condemn people to poverty," McCollom said.

"I'm proud of the work we have been able to do together over the course of the last eight years, and beyond that. And some of the work is manifest on the ground, particularly in this ward," Engen told the crowd.

Another candidate forum will be held on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. in Meadow Hill School.

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