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Libby City Council candidate: Charles Berget

| October 22, 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 to fill a seat for an unexpired position.

Describe yourself.

I’ve lived in Libby since I was 1 year old. I am 18 years old and a recent graduate of Libby High School where I competed in both football and wrestling. I am an Eagle Scout of Troop 1971 of Libby. I worked at Rosauers Grocery Store for 2 years and got to know many people of Libby. I’ve also helped out by refereeing at the Kootenai Classic Little Guy wrestling tourney.

What is your present occupation?

I currently work for Chapman Construction doing activity-based sampling for MWH.

Why are you running in this election?

I am running in this election to give a voice to the young people of Libby, as well as anyone I am approached by. I am very open-minded and believe I have many qualities that can benefit the council and the people of Libby.

What should be the city’s top three priorities?

1. Continuing to improve infrastructure. We should continue to replace water mains and sidewalks and work on improving roads.

2. Finding a city manager and chief of police. We need to find highly qualified, knowledgeable persons to fill these key positions.

3. Improving relationships and communication between the city, EPA and the contractors for the cleanup.

What has been the present council’s biggest achievement?

The council’s biggest achievement to date has been the continued work on infrastructure. They have managed the budget well to maintain the water mains, sidewalks, etc.

What has been the present council’s biggest weakness?

The present council has done a great job with most issues. The process of government is slow and cumbersome. Some of the council’s decisions have taken more time than needed.

What do you love most about Libby?

What I love most about Libby is our amazing views and our plentiful opportunities for recreation. I also love to watch Logger athletics. I also love how the people of Libby come together when families have a time of need. My family has experienced this many times. It would be a privilege to serve the people of Libby as a city council member.