Missoula Republicans back Shawn Knopp for mayor
The Missoula County Republican Committee chose to back independent mayoral candidate Shawn Knopp over two other candidates.
President Vondene Kopetski appeared on Wednesday’s Talk Back with Knopp to answer calls from listeners about his efforts to overthrow incumbent John Engen.
She explained the committee’s decision.
“I think your listeners know that the Missoula County Democratic Party endorsed their candidate and that it would be the existing administration (of Mayor Engen),” Kopetski said. “And so we thought it was important for voters to know that the Missoula County Republican Party also has a candidate that we endorse in the next mayoral race. This is an unusual situation because the candidate we are supporting is a true independent, not a Republican.
Kopetski explained why they chose Knopp over Jacob Elder and Greg Strandberg.
“We felt, given the situation in Missoula County, you know, an increase in spending and taxes,” she said. “So many of the constituents and residents we spoke to are very concerned about what’s going on here, as are we, and we just thought it was important that we take the time to review the candidates and we have found a candidate we can support in Shawn Knopp.
Kopetski developed the committee’s support for Knopp.
“He’s a real independent,” she said. “He has no political affiliation. And we want voters to know they have an alternative in the next election. And the alternative is instead of doing the same thing that people have been doing for the past four years, which has increased the budget exponentially. He currently left us with a debt of $ 214 million or $ 216 million in the town of Missoula, and we need a change.
Kopetski said only Knopp has the wisdom and experience to defeat John Engen.
“As Republicans we felt we needed someone who will actually listen to voters and someone who believes in a smaller government, who will fight to cut spending and do something about taxes always. higher, ”she said. “I know there are other candidates in the race. I’m sure they’re nice young men, but they’re young and inexperienced, and they don’t have management experience. And that’s the kind of stuff that we as Republicans look for.
Click this link to listen to the full conversation.