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Although I have been acquainted with Jesse Ramos for only a few months, I am impressed with his straightforward approach to governing.

We live in a city where many feel they have no alternative but higher taxes, a lack of meaningful access to government officials, and no voice in how they are shepherded. The city council will say they do have access, such as at public hearing time at each Monday night’s meetings. Unfortunately, they don’t listen and when they do, they try to limit that little troubling part of the Constitution that Ramos understands, freedom of speech.

Ramos will bring a voice to the council that too long has been missing in Missoula. He will speak for those who truly are disenfranchised by a government headed by the current mayor and his hand-picked city council.

Ramos's background in finances and ability to read a financial statement will be a welcome addition to a council that would rather pass feel-good resolutions and continually attempts to reduce the citizens to a “Soylent green” existence.

I ask all Ward 4 voters to take the time to cast your vote for Jesse Ramos, who will bring a bottom-up representation rather than top-down directives.

Will Deschamps,

Missoula

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