by Jim & Leslie Tadvick, Stevensville
We feel we must write this letter regarding the mayor race. We have lived in Stevensville for over 50 years so we are not newcomers. Our current mayor has never had to go out and get a real job. Every job he has had was created for him by two of his mentors either through the fire department or city hall. Our current mayor has never paid real estate taxes. He “rented” from one of his mentors but we will not go there.
His opponent, Steve Gibson, has owned homes in Miles City, Missoula, Helena and Stevensville. So yes he knows all about real estate taxes. His work at the Miles City Juvenile Detention Center has given him a ton of experience working on budgets and managing people. He then went on and ran the Juvenile system for the State of Montana, again dealing with budgets and managing people on a larger scale.
His experience in the legislature being vice chair of the appropriations committee is again valuable experience in budgets. He was well respected on both sides of the aisle because of his knowledge and expertise.
If our current mayor would have worked in the private sector he may have learned you cannot take $12,020 to pay a personal bill without first getting permission from your employer. Yes, he did pay it back but that is not the point.
Another fact that very few people know about is the mayor’s treatment of a very good friend of ours, Dean Whitesitt. Dean and his family have been members of the Stevensville community for years. A couple of years ago Dean was told by the mayor that he was too old to serve on the cemetery committee. Was not told thank you for over 50 years of service or anything, just that he was too old to be on the committee. That is why Dean and Peg have a Steve Gibson for Mayor sign in their yard even though they are not in the city limits. I read this to Dean and he said everything was correct in what we said. He said if you have any questions to just ask him.
Please cast your vote for Steve Gibson.