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Engen plans to make Missoula more affordable

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MISSOULA - Newly reelected Missoula Mayor John Engen says he s looking forward to the next four years of work.

Mayor Engen was re-elected over challenger Lisa Triepke by a 58%-to-42% margin after running on a platform of affordability for people who live and work in Missoula.

This is his fourth election, and he says he had learned some lessons on the campaign trail.

"On this campaign trail we heard a lot about property taxes. I take that to heart. We need to figure out some new revenues, we need to figure out ways to grow tax base, and do everything we can to solve for that problem," Mayor Engen said on Tuesday night.

The mayor told MTN News that he plans to work on keeping Missoula affordable for the people who live and work in the city.

"Housing is sort of that lynchpin issue. A critical piece of making sure that folks have a stable base upon which to build a life. So housing is critical," Engen said.

"I am grateful for the support, I’m grateful for the faith that folks have shown in me and I am going to spend the next four years working very hard," Mayor Engen concluded.

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MISSOULA - John Engen has won the 2017 Missoula mayoral race against challenger Lisa Triepke as the last ballots have been counted. 

With 100 percent of ballots returned, John Engen has received 11,814 votes (57.5%) while Triepke came away with 8,528 votes (41.5%).

Mayor Engen gave his victory speech in downtown Missoula. Watch the speech above. 

Below, Mayor Engen talks about his Tuesday win.

As ballots continue to be counted in the Missoula mayoral election, incumbent John Engen is showing an early lead over challenger Lisa Triepke. 

As of 8:50 p.m. Engen has 10,334 votes against Triepke's 7,786, or 57 percent of the vote compared to 43 percent. 

This is a developing story Check back with KPAX for updates.

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