Thursday, May 27, 2010

Count on Crowley

Posted on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

House District 94 has an open seat that is being sought after by longtime community and environmental activist and former City Council member Lou Ann Crowley and newcomer Ellie Hill. It is wonderful to have two good candidates, but we can only elect one on June 8. For us the choice is Lou Ann because of her ability to work compassionately with people of all persuasions, her vision and her experience gained from initiating and/or being part of various Missoula endeavors since 1978.

Clearly, Lou Ann has left an imprint on our community and environmental causes, which will benefit Missoulians long into the future. Below are a few examples of Lou Ann’s many notable accomplishments.

Her “people concerns” led to co-founding Hospice of Missoula. She currently chairs the Food Access Committee of CFAC, which oversees both the Farm to School Program and facilitates the Food Stamp Credit Card program at the Missoula Farmers’ Market. She is a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, which funds organizations that invest in economic self-sufficiency for women and brighter futures for girls.

Community service has also always been a big part of Lou Ann’s life; she was on the City Council between 1996 and 2006. While serving as chair of the Conservation Committee, Lou Ann worked on the open space purchases of Fort Missoula and Mount Sentinel properties as well as the first bicycle and pedestrian access trails. She organized the Truck Share Program at the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project to help members have affordable access to a truck. The project earned Missoula in Motion’s top award for sustainable transportation in 2008. Most recently, she spearheaded passage of the city’s Dark Sky Ordinance.

Lou Ann will serve us well in the Montana Legislature. The June 8 primary will decide which of these two candidates goes to Helena. We ask you to join us in supporting Lou Ann Crowley.

Ian M. Lange

Sue and John Talbot

Steve M. Adler

Missoula

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