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Montana Conservation Voters Endorsement

April 2, 2018

Jon Haber, Chair, MCV Missoula Chapter 406.214.1365
Ross Prosperi, MCV Field Director, 406.542.1055

MCV Endorses Josh Slotnick for Missoula Board of County Commissioners

Missoula, MT. Today, Montana Conservation Voters (MCV) announced its endorsement of Josh Slotnick for the Missoula Board of County Commissioners. Slotnick faces incumbent Jean Curtiss in the Democratic primary election in June.

“Josh will be a champion for protection of farmland where it is most at risk, an issue our members have worked on locally since 2009,” said Jon Haber, chair of MCV’s Missoula Chapter. “When it comes to environmental protection, we think it’s time for stronger leadership.”

MCV’s endorsement of Slotnick over Curtiss is partly a response to her 2016 vote against protections for agricultural lands during subdivision review. Curtiss’ vote dismissed a decade-long process without recognizing the urgent need to find a compromise or alternative solution. Since then, Curtiss has voted to approve more subdivisions on prime agricultural land without mitigation. 

“In our endorsement process, MCV questions the candidates about a range of issues that the community cares about, like land use, transportation, clean-up of Smurfit-Stone, wildfires, and climate change,” said Haber. “Josh has a long track record in clean renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. The committee found his knowledge of environmental issues and passion for conservation inspiring.”

A statewide membership organization, MCV is the political arm of the conservation and environmental community. Missoula’s Chapter makes endorsement recommendations, mobilizes voters, and helps hold elected officials accountable. The Chapter sent extensive questionnaires and interviewed both candidates.

Ballots will be mailed Friday, May 11, and the primary election is June 5, 2018. For more information on the election or to check your voter registration status, contact the Missoula County elections department at 406.258.4751.