Best Politician

Mayor John Engen

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. OK, maybe that’s a touch dramatic, but just a touch. Since last year’s Best of Missoula, in which he also won this category, Missoula’s longest-serving mayor has been spirited out of the city for a stint in alcohol rehab and seen the city’s historic acquisition of its water utility through to fruition. While both events have engendered criticism in certain quarters, neither seems to have made any substantial dent in the mayor’s ongoing popularity. We just plain like the guy. We’ll see if that’s enough to carry him to an unprecedented fourth term in November, but you aren’t likely to find many Indy readers betting against him.

Finalists, Best Politician

2. Sen. Jon Tester

3. Rob Quist

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