Bullock opens ‘Soapbox’ series at Helena taproom with local leaders

It was Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins and City Commissioner Emily Dean who served as the first-ever speakers for a weekly series of community discussions known as “The Soapbox,” being held at a new bar operated by the former governor of Montana and his brother.

Mayor Wilmot Collins and City Commissioner Emily Dean answer questions from Steve Bullock on Monday night at the first “Soapbox” event at the Brothers Tapworks.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

 “I wanted to keep it grounded in Helena,” former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said at Monday’s premiere event, before the series branches out into larger topics not always centered around politics or local issues.

Bullock said the speaker series is scheduled to occur every Monday night at 7 p.m. at The Brothers Tapworks at The Confluence, the bar he opened about a month ago with his brother, Bill, on the Last Chance Gulch Walking Mall.

For many, being on a “soapbox” is described as a self-appointed, spontaneous, or informal speaker using an improvised platform. The one at The Confluence was a little more structured. 

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