Danny Choriki will now serve on the Billings City Council to represent Ward 3 after besting challenger Aldo Rowe.
Choriki had the most votes at 2,638 or 55% of the vote. Rowe was behind him with 2,098 votes, or 44% of the vote. These are final numbers from the Yellowstone County's election office.
Candidates Choriki and Rowe faced off Tuesday night during the general election, with both candidates focusing on different views for Billings' future.
Ward 3 covers Billings' Midtown area.
Choriki campaigned on the message that the city needs to focus on public safety spending and increase the number of police officers and firefighters in the city through a public safety mill levy. He wants Billings to avoid the reputation of being Montana's most dangerous city.
He knows that it will take a lot of work to solve the community's major issues.
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While the mill levy will help solve public safety issues, Choriki wants to look into how the general fund can be adjusted to address adding parks and trails and other staffing problems.
He said that it'll take a lot of collaboration.
"We're sitting here and staring at the 2020 elections coming at us and it's a scary time," Choriki said. "We need to take a step back, a deep breath, and get serious about our problems."
Rowe said he didn't know how to feel about his defeat Tuesday night. He plans to continue his work as a real estate agent in Billings, and if the opportunity arises again, he will run for office in the future.
"I've had a lot of support," Rowe said. "I've learned quite a bit from the neighbors I met."
Rowe also supports a public safety mill levy, and campaigned on the importance of creating industry in town and investing in amenities like parks and trails to help Billings draw in a young workforce. Rowe believes that the city needs to find ways to cut expenses first before going to voters seeking a tax increase.