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Libby City Council candidate: Ron Carter

| October 20, 2009 12:00 AM

Editor's Note: The Western News submitted a series of questions to candidates in the Libby City Council election. This candidate is vying for one of three available full-term seats.

Describe yourself.

Montana native. Graduate of the University of Chicago. Independent contractor. I see great potential in Libby for biomass energy development.

What is your present occupation?

I’m self-employed as an independent contractor. I do research and development in thermal gasification of biomass.

Why are you running in this election?

I would like to see Libby’s capitalistic economy restored based on the forest products industry. Establishing an elected Port Authority Board will help achieve that goal.

What should be the city’s top three priorities?

1. Modifying EPA’s preferred alternative for Operable Unit 1 (Riverfront Park). 

2. Applying for ARRA (stimulus) grants for water and sewer infrastructure.

3. Appointing an elected official to the Port Authority Board.

What has been the present council’s biggest achievement?

Working with the council committee and public input on the decision of Riverfront Park.

What has been the present council’s biggest weakness?

Deficient communication between the mayor and the council.

What do you love most about Libby?

Libby is a working town with great community spirit and volunteerism.