Elder to Challenge Engen for Mayor in November General Election

Tuesday’s municipal primary election  resulted in two candidates remaining in the race for Mayor of Missoula; incumbent John Engen and challenger Jacob Elder.

In the initial results as of 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Engen garnered a little over 50 percent of the vote, while Jacob Elder received just under 28 percent. Shawn Knopp came in at 17.5 percent and Greg Strandberg with about four percent.

KGVO spoke to Elder about the primary results.

“Elections are held to elect people that will have significant power or perhaps be in a position to make decisions over our lives and the lives of our loved ones and the destiny of our community,” said Elder. “So, I want folks to refrain from voting on based on their feelings or whims but to please vote for the candidate that’s most qualified.”

Elder, who has never run for or held office, said he will run on his record.

“I believe I’m the most qualified candidate,” he said. “My record speaks for itself and I don’t consider myself a politician. I consider myself a public civil servant that’s running to serve your needs and lead our community down a prosperous road.”

Elder pointed out the major these of his campaign.

“We are at a

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