Urban Scrawl: Big money, Red's vs. the Union, and more riverfront condos

Welcome to the third edition of Urban Scrawl, my place to unwind from a long week of covering Missoula politics, and your place to get some more background on what’s been going on. On the docket: Campaign piggy banks, election watch party analysis, and the future of the Missoulian building.

More than mailers

The campaign mailers funded by local business owners drew scrutiny during the Missoula City Council races, but that obviously wasn’t the only money spent. Now that it’s pretty much over, I decided to check out who the top fundraisers were, and whether money was all it took to win a race.

Far and away, the top fundraiser was Amber Sherrill, a newcomer to the council who brought in more than $13,000. That’s nearly double the second place fundraiser, Mirtha Becerra, who brought in more than $7,000. Both of those candidates did indeed win their respective races in Ward 4 and Ward 2.

Sherrill pointed to her background in nonprofits, meaning it’s not the first time she’s had to make the big ask. Unsurprisingly, second-place Becerra currently works as the director of giving at the Downtown Missoula Partnership.

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