As part of E-City Beat’s continuing effort to help our readers make informed decisions as voters, last month we sent questionnaires to all local legislative candidates in the upcoming general election informing them that we would publish their responses without editorial comment.
Here are the four questions we asked:
- What do you see as the top two issues facing Montana and Cascade County in the next 5 years and why are you the best candidate for the district you’re running in to tackle those issues?
- Identify at least one issue you see as an opportunity to work across party lines on and describe how you will do that to accomplish what’s best for your constituents.
- Why is Cascade County/Great Falls so far behind other Montana cities and counties in growth and economic development and what do you plan to do about it as a legislator?
- Do you think we need some form of a sales tax or other solution in Montana to help offset property taxes and why or why not?
Democrat Casey Schreiner and Republican Michael Cooper are the candidates in House District 26. Schreiner did not respond to our request.
Q #1. My concern is mainly on infrastructure-maintain roads (pot hole free) sewer and water issues. Infrastructure is a way for the people, to have a system of service’s to accommodate the life style of the taxpayer, with clean drinking water, an effective and safe water and sewer system. To maintain bridges and on main highways and secondary roadways, A good maintenance program working with the funds that are available to work with. To keep property taxes as low as possible. To work with established businesses who want to build or rebuild their business to accommodate the convenience to the consumer and create more jobs in the community. Support our law enforcement and fire fighters. Keeping Cascade County drug free and safe. Supporting the exploration of our natural resources which creates good paying jobs.
Q.#2. I believe we could begin working together, with health care issues, assisted living facilities issues and support of these institutions, and infrastructure, how to curb the run away medical and drug use and abuse in our county. Work with the mental health organizations get the treatment to those who need treatment, and train law enforcement and medical personal how to recognize the symptom of a mental health disorder and which mental health agency to contact. The housing issues. Actually a long list to numerous to mention.