UPDATED: Davis wins Missoula mayoral race; Ward 6 recount expected

Bret Anne Serbin

Missoula voters elected Andrea Davis as their next mayor Tuesday night. Final votes were 14,736 for Davis and 9,674 for opponent Mike Nugent, giving Davis 59.91% of the vote to Nugent’s 39.33%.

Davis will succeed Interim Mayor Jordan Hess, who was appointed following the death of former Mayor John Engen. Engen was first elected in 2005 and served through August 2022.

The final votes were tallied just before midnight. 

Davis has served as the executive director of the nonprofit Homeword for 15 years, while Nugent has represented Ward 4 on the Missoula City Council for two years and worked as a real estate executive.

Davis campaigned on her experience helping to find affordable housing solutions, and she also trumpeted her ability to provide positive leadership. The Missoula mayor’s race presented her first foray into local elections.

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Nugent, on the other hand, billed himself as the candidate with the most diverse experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Both candidates — who beat out a field of five in the Sept. 12 primary — were also caught up in campaign finance complaints filed to the state

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