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Is it accidental Missoula routinely ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S.? Many have contributed to that success, but none have worked harder than John Engen. His leadership has made Missoula a better place. His experience and his exceptional energy are the best guarantees that our town will continue to prosper.

Critics assert he’s responsible for every Missoula tax increase. But the largest contributors to increased taxes — the open space bond, school bonds, Fort Missoula improvements and the library — were voter-approved. Taxes are down this year and predicted to remain stable.

Do those who claim that Mayor Engen isn’t “business friendly” drive around town (Southgate Mall, downtown, Sawmill District) with their eyes closed? My concern: Can Missoula sustain such growth and retain our quality of life?

Lisa Triepke claims she will reduce taxes while increasing services. But she offers few specifics for how this oxymoron will be achieved. Triepke has no political experience and an undistinguished work record: many jobs over short periods. My experience: She served on the Montana Natural History Center board for a few months and then quit, citing "personal" reasons.

It's not a close call. Vote for Engen.

Hank Fischer,

Missoula

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