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Libby City Council candidate: Walter McElmurry

| 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 for one of three available full-term seats.

Describe yourself.

I am 54 years old and have worked for the City of Libby for nine years and have 19 years in municipalities. I have been married to my wife, Angie, for 31 years. I have three grown children and five grandchildren.

What is your present occupation?

Supervisor over water/wastewater for the City of Libby.

Why are you running in this election?

After serving on the council for the last five-plus years, I believe it has helped them having someone who knows and understands the inner workings of the city. I truly care about this community and believe that my experience on the council has made a difference.

What should be the city’s top three priorities?

1. Infrastructure, including the replacement of worn-out water lines and sewer lines and expansion of the wastewater plant.

2. Taking the necessary steps to support the local businesses.

3. Supporting our local law-enforcement agency to ensure safety within our community.

What has been the present council’s biggest achievement?

Stinger Welding and the possibility of over 200 new jobs.

What has been the present council’s biggest weakness?

Lack of teamwork. Each councilmember has their own agenda that they are passionate about. At times, it appears like we are going in different directions. I would like to see more of a teamwork effort.

What do you love most about Libby?

After moving away to complete my degree, my goal was always to return to Libby. It took 11 years, but I felt so blessed to be back in this community. Libby people have persevered through so much and still continue to pull together during a crisis while providing a hometown atmosphere that is not overlooked.