John Engen may be Missoula’s favorite politician. But in some ways he’s no different from any other leader in that he takes heat periodically for real and perceived gaffes. That was the case in May when the Missoulian
reported that Engen asked a Missoula Police officer to apologize to the University of Montana for opining in a letter to the institution that UM had botched its response to a spate of sexual assault allegations. Rather than clamming up, getting defensive or, as is too often the case in politics, obfuscating, Engen apologized. We love that our mayor is willing to publicly admit he’s wrong. We also admire his ability to balance dicey issues like budget constraints and growth all while remaining approachable.
Finalists, Best Politician
2. Jon Tester
3. Ellie Hill