John Engen has set his sights on some ambitious goals for Missoula: Fighting to secure public ownership of the Mountain Water Company. Pushing to make the Mountain Line bus system fare-free. Working to review how city agencies handle sexual assault cases. The list goes on. But it takes more than ambition, brains and voter confidence to make a good leader. One of Engen’s strongest assets is his compassion for all things Missoula. Whether teaching school kids to pick up after their dogs or offering stirring eulogies for civic stalwarts like Pat and Don Simmons, Engen wears his love for the city on his sleeve. While local politics can be a dry and thankless slog, we can’t recall a moment when his enthusiasm for the job has waned.