Billings businesswoman Nadja Brown said she plans to file Friday for the Ward 3 City Council race.
She’ll oppose Michael Larson and Tyler Starkweather, the candidates who have filed so far in an election to determine Rich McFadden’s successor. McFadden is term-limited.
Brown, 34, and her husband, Zack, own Mountain Sales.
Born and raised in Billings, she is a Billings West High School graduate who studied business management and Spanish at Montana State University Billings.
The Browns have three children who range from 11 years to 8 months old.
In a news release, Brown said she wants “to be a voice committed to the community and families. I will be dedicated to leadership, and I believe in new growth and fresh ideas that will help Billings grow.”
She said she’s running with three “key areas” in mind:
- Planned expansion and sensible growth. Brown said West End expansion with “planned and manageable infrastructure development” is “key to attracting business and industry, which creates a diverse job market and offers the opportunity for more families to earn living wages.”
- Public safety. “The homeless population and panhandling in our community need to be addressed,” she said, “to make Billings safer and provide positive change for those in need.”
- Fostering community volunteerism and stewardship. Brown called people's willingness to serve on boards and commissions “instrumental in fostering civic pride and a sense of stewardship among citizens.” Boosting involvement in volunteer boards as well as neighborhood task forces “will enhance the public’s understanding of city government function and duties.”
She said she wants to help the community “become a destination for young families so they can grow to care for Billings as I have.”
She said it's the community’s diversity that “makes Billings memorable.”
“Billings’ history, innovation, parks and recreational activities, and warm, inviting people set us apart from all other cities in our beautiful state,” she said. “It is the combination of all of our strengths that will open doors to the next generation of families, entrepreneurs, medical and technical professionals.”
Together with the mayoral selection, Ward 1 and Ward 3 now have competitive races. Wards 2, 4 and 5 have a single candidate apiece.
The deadline to file for the Sept. 12 primary election, if it's needed, is June 19.