Kudos To GF Mayor Kelly, Still Waiting On Commissioner Houck


Summertime and the living’s easy…or busy.

Either way, I want to thank Mayor Bob Kelly for responding to my second request regarding his plans to either endorse or not endorse incumbent city commissioner Tracy Houck for another term. After finally getting to my email (Glacier Park was beckoning me for some work and a little R & R) I belatedly discovered his response, which he sent a little over a week after my follow up email. Here’s his response:

Thanks again to Mayor Kelly, he deserves credit for answering a request from a constituent. Now I would ask Commissioner Houck to please respond to the following questions asked previously in an E-City Beat piece published June 13 of this year:

  1. Do you still claim that you twice sent amended C-1 forms to the Office of Political Practices (OPP) during your first campaign, as you repeatedly told the public and local press including in a Great Falls Tribune article by Jenn Rowell?
    “Houck told the Tribune on Monday that she did send an amended (C-1) form in mid-July by mail (to the Office of Political Practices)…Houck said she used a copy of that form to open a campaign bank account in July.” 
  2. Did you intentionally and fraudulently backdate official OPP finance documents and submit them to the state in your first campaign?
  3. Who rejected your failed attempt to deposit your leftover campaign contributions into your employers bank account, Paris Gibson Square, and why was that attempt rejected?

Tracy Houck needs to answer these and other lingering questions about her conduct and honesty in her first term so that we can focus on issues in the upcoming election rather than wondering if and how much we’ve been lied to by a sitting city commissioner.

E-City Beat will continue asking and waiting for Commissioner Houck’s response, but not much longer. We will be publishing documents received in public records requests that, absent a convincing explanation from Houck, answer these questions in a very disturbing light.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Mayor Kelly is declining to give his endorsement to fellow commissioner Houck, who he has worked with now for four years and who he enthusiastically endorsed in her first bid for commission.

Stay tuned.



Posted by Philip M. Faccenda

Philip M. Faccenda is an AIA award-winning architect and planner. He is the Editor-in-Chief of E-City Beat.

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