On the first official day of candidate filing for this fall's city elections in Montana, Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf officially announced his intention to run for re-election.

The 42-year-old Hamilton native is the Director of Community Life at Sapphire Lutheran Homes and has been involved in many fund-raising activities for Bitterroot Valley non-profits. He served in the US Coast Guard and has helped in veterans activities locally.

Farrenkopf was proud of his first term as Hamilton's mayor and said:
"Three and a quarter years ago when I took office, I didn’t know a lot about what the mayor did. But I discovered that I get to help a lot of people and help shape the direction that Hamilton is going. We have a really good team, so I want to stay in this office. I put my name in early to just let everyone know my intention is to run again."

We asked him why he wants to continue as Hamilton's Mayor.
"We have a few infrastructure projects that we really need to accomplish, mainly the fire station. The current fire hall was built over a hundred years ago and the building is in need of repair, as well as it doesn’t fit the trucks that the department has; so we need to see the completion of a new fire station. We also have several water projects and we need to work on the TEDD “Targeted Economic Development district,” getting sewer lines out into the county so we can grow some responsible businesses out there; also the North Hamilton Urban Renewal District. I’d really like to see some of the projects come to fruition that we have planned for that."

He complimented the current City Council:
"They are extremely engaged individuals. They know what’s going on in the city.
I’m just very proud to be a part of the municipal government of Hamilton. I think we’re at a very good time and in a very good place."

Also filing on that first day was current council member Rod Pogachar. The November municipal elections are November 2nd. County Election Administrator Regina Plettenberg said the elections in the incorporated valley towns of Hamilton, Stevensville and Darby will be mail-in ballots again this year.

Dominic Farrenkopf (L) and Rod Pogachar. (KLYQ Photo, Townsquare Media)

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