I am beyond excited to endorse Josh Slotnick for county commissioner, and hope you will take the time to learn about — and vote — for him.

We both moved here to go to college in the early ‘80s from our respective Dakotas, and immediately became fast friends. After college, he moved to Thailand for the Peace Corps; we reunited back in Missoula eight years later with kids and spouses in tow (at the farmer’s market). By then he’d studied permaculture and started a small family farm growing organic veggies. My friend was now a farmer, an entrepreneur and a family man. Wow!

We both became educators at the University of Montana — and he frequently guest lectures in my sustainability classes. He is engaged, a great listener and innately inquisitive — all great traits for a civic leader. He started the bountiful PEAS Farm, and together we were involved with building affordable and sustainable housing through service work with Homeword. He is humble, articulate, keenly intellectual, and has the ability to synthesize lots of information and envision change.

I am so proud to call him a lifetime friend, and I can guarantee he will represent us proudly as our county commissioner.

Lisa Swallow,