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− Michelle Cares

“I like the science fiction
dystopian idea that when governments try to build a perfect society, we usually fail. And that we need to have citizen input at every step to be sure that we’re not making enormous mistakes.”

Michelle Cares, who was elected to the Missoula City Council last November, says her favorite book is “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.

“I like the science fiction dystopian idea that when governments try to build a perfect society, we usually fail,” she said. “And that we need to have citizen input at every step to be sure that we’re not making enormous mistakes.”

Cares has immersed herself in city government for a long time. She was a member of her neighborhood council, and she now shows up to almost every committee meeting and public event that councilors are invited to.

“I had no idea what was going on behind the scenes,” she said. “I thought I had a good anticipation of the time commitment, and I didn’t. The number of emails we receive is more than I thought it would be, especially on the hot-button issues like the Merc and the Mountain Water case. I think I’m the only city council member who has been to every single historic preservation committee meeting since the Merc project was proposed. I anticipate it will come to council and I want to be ready with a response.”

Cares said she doesn’t know what the next big issues will be in the coming year. She also had no idea the Merc issue was going to come up so she knows she and her fellow councilors have to be ready for anything.

“I thought city government was something I was interested in and felt I had the temperament and patience to be a contributing member to, and I think that’s been true in the past four months,” she said.

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