Frank admissions of doubt from one Helena City Commission candidate make the Helena Vigilante’s profile on the capital city commission races an interesting read.
Here’s incumbent commissioner Dan Ellison:
Let me start by saying I didn’t have a burning desire to run for reelection.
So with some reluctance I made the decision to run for another term.
To be sure, Ellison also says “I hope it doesn’t come across as egotistical to suggest that some people think that I have some skills that can be applied to an advantage for the community serving as a city commissioner.”
“Some people” may indeed think so, but it just doesn’t sound like Ellison’s own heart is really in it. With three candidates running for two seats, this probably makes the choice an easier one for many.
Ellison is most known in Helena for being the conservative City Commissioner who said he opposed Helena’s non-discrimination ordinance for LGBT citizens because it lacked protections for people who are bald or left handed. His comments became the subject of parody and satire. Ellison later caved to public pressure and supported the ordinance. website: danellison.com
Also running is Andres Haladay, who’s already on the doors, and is the current chair of the Helena Citizens Commission. He’s got a website up haladayforhelena.com. Haladay is endorsed by several popular Helena progressives including current city commissioner Katherine Haque-Hausrath, state Senator Christine Kaufman, and Rep. Jenny Eck.
The third candidate is David Nielsen who was formerly the Helena City Attorney. He also has a website nielsenforhelena.com.
Go read the whole piece at the Helena Vigilante. One surprising revelation–not a single candidate discusses perhaps Helena’s most pressing issue–the near total lack of snow plowing in Helena throughout the winter months.