I moved to Montana 20 years ago after retiring early from a career in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Sciences Consulting, in order to study and save grizzly bears and study and educate on global warming, and the first two people I met at my home were John and Clint Muhlfeld. Two very smart brothers: Clint a wildlife biologist with a Ph.D., and John — your current Mayor of Whitefish running for that office again for a third time.
I am not a resident of Whitefish but aspire to become one if I can locate affordable housing. There is not much chance of succeeding at that task since it barely, minimally exists at this time. And, that is what I recommend John resolve for his next term as a part of his campaign strategy: Way more affordable subsidized housing for older retired people and for workers who are employed in expensive Whitefish. I have heard John mention his focus on this issue before but the resolution is too far away to do me any good.
Other issues I would also like John to tackle are: (1) Resolution of the many railroad cars passing through the heart of Whitefish bearing loads of Canadian tar sands oil that is toxic and highly volatile and explosive and when (not if) they derail, the explosion could wipe out Whitefish; and (2) resolution of the constant auto traffic congestion paralyzing Whitefish, much like Denver and Missoula, with only 2 hour parking in the commercial downtown area crippling the ability to hold business (and other) meetings that last more than 2 hours; finally (3) gaining governmental separation from the rigid, ideological, conservative Flathead County Commissioners applying their politics to what is best for Whitefish for growth policy planning in the donut area, and others.
If there is anyone who can tackle such difficult problems and solve them, it surely is John Muhlfeld. He has the smarts, the desire, the creativity, and the necessary charisma with others to succeed at doing so. I have written numerous Op-Eds for years to no avail. Vote him in again.
Bill Baum lives in Badrock Canyon near Glacier National Park now, but is aspiring to become a Whitefish citizen soon.