Cascade County election brings mixed reactions - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Cascade County election brings mixed reactions

Posted: 11/08/2017 22:20:00 -07:00 Updated:

Electric City voters selected two new members to the City Commission during Tuesday's election.

Owen Robinson and Mary Sheehy Moe topped Rick Tryon while Fred Burow's name remained on the ballot even though he had withdrawn from the race.

Robinson said he's very humbled to be elected and added that there's a lot of work to do before he's sworn in but he's ready.

"The people I'm representing are all the people of Great Falls, whether they voted for me or not, whether they like me or not," he said. "I take it very seriously that I'm going to work very hard to make sure that we come out with what's best for Great Falls."

Mary Sheehy Moe, the other new member to the Commission, said she's honored to serve what she calls a fabulous community.

"I'm so glad the voters chose a positive vision for Great Falls," she wrote in a statement. "Throughout the campaign, I emphasized that if we not only think positively but act strategically, we can make the 21st century a great one for our children and grandchildren."

Robinson and Moe will be sworn into their new positions in January.

An economic development levy in Cascade County fell short by almost 6,000 votes.

Money raised by the levy would have matched the amount that Great Falls Development Authority supporters raise each year to help finalize projects coming into the county.

GFDA Director Brett Doney said he knew the levy would be a tough sell and was not surprised by the outcome.

According to Doney, economic development is growing tougher because of more competition from other states and the job is challenging because of previous success.

"We've been successful enough so Cascade County is no longer eligible for some of the grants that we've relied on in the past," he said. "Of course the state and federal governments are under pressure so there's fewer grant dollars to go after, even for the programs we're still eligible for."

Doney added the levy's chances may have been hurt because they weren't asking voters to support a specific project.

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