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Libby City Council candidate (write-in): Michael Shock

| 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, running as a registered write-in candidate, is vying to fill a seat for an unexpired position.

Describe yourself.

A man of faith; a native Montanan; a lover of nature; and a good steward of our lands; respectful of all people and their feelings; knowledgeable of municipal water, street and sewer systems; a craftsman of carpentry and building procedures; wisdom about life as 60th birthday approaches; honest; open-minded; willing to listen; can make decisions; approachable; and a team player.

What is your present occupation?

Independent licensed general contractor.

Why are you running in this election?

I want to be a liaison between the citizens and the council – to be part of the solution, not the problem.

What should be the city’s top three priorities?

1. Police funding for officers, equipment and adequate facilities.

2. Street, sidewalk, water and sewer upgrades.

3. Include the citizens in the decision making of policies and priorities.

What has been the present council’s biggest achievement?

In the past three years, I have not noticed any outstanding achievements other than the council’s involvement in the Old Town Mineral Avenue beautification and the Riverside Pavilion Park development.

What has been the present council’s biggest weakness?

Throughout my campaign, I’ve become aware that the council listens but does not hear what the citizens of Libby are concerned about. Priorities should be the needs of the citizens, not the wants of the council.

What do you love most about Libby?

The people, their generosity, the friendliness and honest way of life under poor economic conditions, and a spirit that hasn’t been broken. Its pristine setting and its recreational opportunities, “I love Libby!”