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Incumbent Dewey faces challenger Gibson in Stevensville mayor race
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Incumbent Dewey faces challenger Gibson in Stevensville mayor race

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(Both candidates for Stevensville mayor were asked three questions. They included: Why are you running? Development pressures are building in and around Stevensville. What is your vision for the town? What role should town government play in guiding that growth? Stevensville town government has often been sidetracked by acrimonious disputes? If elected, how would you address that?)

Growing up in Stevensville, community involvement is at the heart of who I am. From the early age of 10 standing on a bucket to scoop ice cream at the soda fountain, to 12 years of volunteer service on the fire department, now serving as your mayor, my demonstrated commitment to Stevensville includes dedicated service on community boards, projects and events. I have worked in Stevensville’s local government for 10 years, gaining cross-departmental experience right here at home that we put to work for our neighbors every day.

With two young children, Carter and Bryar, my wife Tasha and I are raising our family in the same place we were raised with the same values that make Stevensville the community of choice for so many others.

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In my first term, we've done a lot of work together to move our community forward and become greater today, enhancing the quality of life for everyone in Stevensville and our work isn't done! We're on the right path towards ensuring Stevensville is a desirable place to live, that we grow responsibly, businesses prosper, and families thrive.

You elected me to as your mayor to stabilize our government, addressing conflict, securing our financial future with a responsible budget, and increasing the transparency of issues that affect all of us. It hasn’t been easy and admittedly, it got messy at times. With that behind us, we’ve turned our focus to managing the growth our community is experiencing and further improving the services we provide and infrastructure you count on.

Growth doesn’t stop at the town limits and planning ahead is hard when current needs are bearing down on us. Our role is to listen and implement the vision our citizens have for the community. The Planning Board and Town Council recognized that our dated policies aren’t working, and we are aggressively working toward policy reform that prevents bad growth and manages it in ways that our citizens want and approve of.

During the review of Burnt Fork Estates, citizens brought their concerns to the table, and based on that valuable input we’re currently developing subdivision regulations that meet your expectations. I’m working with the Town Council, and together we are forging partnership with neighboring agencies. We’re embarking on an updated Transportation Master Plan and Growth Policy that will highlight the input we have heard from citizens about traffic and development in and around Stevensville.

Initially I was elected to make changes, and with change comes growing pains that we have experienced. We have navigated the tough times, and when you observe Stevensville’s local government today and over the past 5-6 months, you’ll find low-drama and high-productivity. Harmony has been restored and Stevensville’s residents have a choice to maintain the peace and cooperation we enjoy today. The existing council and mayor don’t always agree; however, we discuss our differences professionally and work towards a solution that best serves our entire community. We’re willing to listen to all voices, not just the loudest group in the room.

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