HARLEM, Mont. (NMB) – A fourth candidate has entered the hotly contested race for Mayor of Harlem.
Douglas Stuart, 69, filed for the race on the June 21st filing deadline. He was born in Havre and moved to Harlem in 1968. Stuart is the President of Rose Community Development Corporation, and says his business experience and background makes him the right candidate for Mayor.
“I think what is really unique about me, is because we have both an Indian and a non-Indian population, I’m uniquely situated that I can work with all parties in the community with a great understanding of both viewpoints and both needs and both desires. I think that that’s important. That’s no disrespect to everyone else, but I think I am uniquely qualified for that. Plus, I have a really good business background. And having been entrepreneurial, I certainly know the risks involved and I would really be great at anybody coming to the Council with good ideas, having them facilitate with Bear Paw Development and other funding sources, I mean. I think we really need a City Council that’s very active. We’re not there to write checks, but you’re there to really encourage and do everything possible to facilitate that deals can be put together.”
Stuart is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe in Fort Belknap.
The other three candidates are City Council President Joseph Patrick-Wertz, former Mayor and State Senator Kim Hansen, and City Council member Jennifer Ann Owens. Incumbent Ralph Schneider is not seeking re-election.
The primary in this non-partisan race is set for September 14th. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November 2nd general election.