Recently, I asked Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly if he intended to endorse Tracy Houck in the 2019 City election, just as he did in 2015.
Yesterday, I emailed him this:
On Jun 4, 2019, at 4:23 PM, Phil Faccenda <email@example.com> wrote:Dear Mayor Kelly,In an E-City Beat post on May 24th I asked if you would be endorsing Tracy Houck in the upcoming city commission election. I, and other voting citizens of Great Falls would appreciate your answer. The election looks to become very interesting. Please email me your response. I have attached a link to the E-City Beat post in the event that you haven’t read it.Thank you,Philip M. Faccenda, EditorE-City Beat
In other words, no endorsement. Now, surely Kelly’s backers in the local establishment will say that he’s waiting to see the entire field of candidates before committing to endorsing anyone. Which is sensible, in and of itself.
That said, Bob Kelly pushed hard for Tracy Houck in 2015. He has worked alongside Houck for three and a half years while on the City Commission. He knows as well as anyone about Houck’s temperament, whether or not she’s a problem solver, what kind of worth ethic she has, and moreover, what kind of character she brings to the job of representing all of us, the citizens of Great Falls. Kelly had every opportunity to rant and rave about Houck, but when asked, he didn’t even mention her name.
I appreciate the Mayor for taking the time to respond. Once the roster of candidates is set after the June 17th filing deadline, I will be sure to ask him this question one more time.