This week, the Missoulian is running a series comparing incumbent John Engen's and Lisa Triepke's thoughts and solutions to five city issues: affordable housing, homelessness, business/wages, infrastructure and the budget.
The Missoulian asked to interview each candidate in person on the issues. Triepke declined and sent her answers (much of which match the "Let's Talk About the Issues" section on her campaign website) in writing.
Both sets of answers have been edited for length.
Why hasn't the city brought budget options to City Council in the form of smaller (or no) increases in recent years?
Potholes and inadequate snowplowing are consistent criticisms of city government. How are you addressing these issues?
How can Missoula turn its business growth into higher wages and bring the median wage into line with other Montana cities?
How have you fostered business growth in Missoula and how can you bring those benefits to the whole city, which has a lower average wage compa…
What kind of meaningful progress has the city made on homelessness and what's keeping the plan from moving forward in some areas?