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Bryan von Lossberg,
Bryan von Lossberg is a newcomer to politics but arrives with an impressive background and a palpable enthusiasm for the Missoula community. The former program and engineer manager for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spoke at length about how he would apply the same forward-thinking problem solving he learned in the space program to the city’s challenges. As a graduate of the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program and the current executive director for the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, or AERO, he emphasizes his passion for issues like the purchase of Mountain Water Co. and the city’s Conservation and Climate Action Plan. He’s also eager to help the city follow through on the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and continue to attract innovative businesses like Rivertop Renewables and Blue Marble to help reinvigorate Missoula’s economy.
“I think over my career I’ve learned how to balance long-range planning for some pretty ambitious projects with the sort of meat and potatoes, day-to-work necessary to get them done,” he says.
We appreciate that von Lossberg isn’t afraid to admit he’s still getting educated about the intricacies of local government and doesn’t have all the answers. He arrived for his interview holding a thick binder full of past city budgets and other planning documents, and said that he “has a ton to learn.” Based on his past experience and enthusiasm for holding office, we feel good about his prospects in Ward 1.
It’s worth noting that we’re not alone in that confidence. Voters will see Patrick Maddison’s name on the ballot, but he announced last month that he was ending his campaign and endorsing von Lossberg. That makes it all the easier for us to do the same.
Endorsement: Bryan von Lossberg