Elliot Adams, who works in the construction trades and serves on the Flathead County Planning Board, filed Monday as a Republican for the Flathead County Commission District 1 seat currently held by Phil Mitchell. Mitchell’s six-year term ends Dec. 31, and he has indicated it’s not likely he’ll run for re-election.
Adams is the first candidate to file for the open commissioner seat. Filing opened Jan. 9 and ends March 9.
“As a Planning Board member, I have sought to protect our property rights,” Adams said in a press release. “At the same time, we also must plan for the Flathead Valley’s inevitable growth and make sure the next generation finds our valley as wonderful a place to live and raise children as we do. We can harmonize individual property rights with addressing future growth.”
Adams also said he would focus on public safety, if elected.
“We must meet the needs of our law enforcement, first responders, and justice systems,” he said. “They must have the necessary tools to keep criminals off our streets.”
Adams wants to improve digital communications between the county and constituents, making the county more digital-friendly with a streamlined and modernized online presence.
“Accessing your local government should be a straightforward and easy process,” he said, “and not one that leaves you feeling like you ran a marathon.”
He stated he opposes new taxes in Flathead County and believes the county is obligated to spend the taxpayer’s money wisely and responsibly.
Adams and his wife Joanna have three children. They also own and manage Flathead Valley rental properties.