Ward 5 election results: Bob Campbell fills John Contos’ vacated seat

Bob Campbell won a close race in Ward 5, with 2,319 votes to 2,028 for his opponent, filmmaker Lynn-Wood Fields. The win for Campbell represented his second attempt at securing a city council seat, and he said establishing that voter base two years ago likely boosted him this time.

“Thank you to the voters of Ward 5,” Campbell said Wednesday morning. “It’s very humbling to have been vested with the ability to represent them on council.”

Ward 5 Candidate Bob Campbell

Campbell, an ex-police officer, will take up the lonely post of a fiscal conservative on the council. He said he wants to be mindful of Missoulians’ tax dollars, while also increasing transparency in government. He said he sees overreliance on technology as an equity issue that disenfranchises some older constituents.

“I think,” he said, “they kinda miss out on some of the information.”

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