Ward 2 saw two incumbents retain their seats on council — Mirtha Becerra for a four-year term and Sierra Farmer for two more years. The pair defeated contenders Rebecca Dawson and Timmothy Garrison.
Becerra collected 1,724 voters over Dawson’s 1,264. Farmer received 1,889 votes to 1,047 for Garrison.
Becerra, formerly a planner, said waiting for results is “always nerve-wracking” as she took a quick break from city council committee meetings the morning after results were tabulated.
“I think it’s great that people in Missoula step up to do this work,” she went on. “I’m grateful to my constituents and anyone who voted for me, for sure.”
She said budgeting and urban camping will be focus areas for her going forward. She especially wants the budget process to kick off earlier than it previously has.
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“We have lots of work that we need to do,” she said, “to improve Missoula for everyone.”
For Farmer, the opportunity to continue serving on council is exciting because she said she’s experienced a steep learning curve in the year since her appointment.
“I think I understand it a little better now,” said Farmer, “and