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Election Advisory Committee

What is the Election Advisory Committee?

The Election Advisory Committee is comprised of 6 voting members and three alternates. The members include a Democratic Party representative and alternate, a Republican Party representative and alternate, and four citizens at large and one alternate. The committee is a public liasion between the voters of Missoula County and the Board of County Commissioners & Election Administrator.

Mission Statement

The Missoula County Election Advisory Committee is made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to study the efficiency and effectiveness of the election process. The committee advocates for fair, robust and trustworthy elections.

GOALS: Increase public participation in the electoral process.

Listen to stakeholders.
Conduct sound research and learn best practices.
Offer thoughtful advice and recommendations.


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EAC Members
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Citizen at Large

Geoff Badenoch was born in Glendive, Montana, and raised in Bozeman, Montana.

He attended the University of Montana where he received both his undergraduate (Political Science-1977) and graduate degrees (Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on urban studies- 1982).

Geoff began working at the Missoula Redevelopment Agency in 1982 and served as its executive director beginning in October of 1985. Geoff left the MRA in January of 2004. He is currently a private project management consultant.

 In addition to his professional obligations, Geoff serves on the Supervisory Committee of the Missoula Federal Credit Union, Missoula Light our Bridges Campaign, Missoula Downtown Partnership Board, Missoula Downtown Foundation, and The Foundation for Missoula Public Library.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Missoula County Election Advisory Committee.  Previously he served on the City Club Missoula Board of Trustees. He served as Chair of Missoula Writing Collaborative Board of Trustees and as a Board member and Treasurer of Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). Geoff was elected to the City of Missoula Local Government Study Commission and co-authored the Missoula City Charter which was adopted by the voters of Missoula in 1996.


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Democrat Central Committee Alternate

Mary Gray has benefited from the excellent service that the Missoula County Elections Administrator had provided as a Missoula County voter for more than 3 decades. Mary has most recently worked as an elections and saw the awe-inspiring, complex, behind-the-scenes machine that allowed Missoula voter such wonderful access. She is a precinct committeewoman and Vice Chair for the Democratic Party.



Republican Central Committee Representative

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Democrat Central Committee Representative

Jeffrey has been a resident of Missoula for over 40 years, raising three children here and he has been involved in local politics in many capacities over the years.  He was the founder of Friends to Youth in Missoula in the 1970s, served on the Governor’s State Youth Justice Council, and volunteered with numerous local service organizations.  He has completed the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana and he has studied issues relating to electioneering and voter turnout extensively.  Jeffrey has coordinated and volunteered in numerous Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote campaigns and he has recently served as an Election Judge for Missoula County elections.  He is a Precinct Committee Person for the local Democratic Party and Chairman of its Issues Committee.


Citizen at Large 

Jack Rowan has been a citizen of Missoula since 1994 and has served as a Polling Place Manager for Missoula County Elections since 2008. He also formerly taught American Government as a high school teacher and studied election law while a college undergraduate. He owns and operates his own construction business and adds his perspectives from many years serving on the board of directors for numerous community-oriented non-profit organizations. He is not an active member of any political party.


Citizen at Large

Mary Ellen is proud to claim status as a native Missoulian.  She was born in Missoula and was raised  in the tight knit Scandinavian community of Milltown.  Mary Ellen has a degree in accounting.  She spent seven years working for Missoula County and the past 14 years with City of Missoula where she is the sexton at Missoula City Cemetery. 

Mary Ellen’s love of the election process began in 1994 and she has continued as an active participant in the election process over the past 21 years.  She would like to see the election process automated to reduce cost to taxpayers while allowing all citizens the convenience of casting their ballots in a format that meets their needs whether that is a paper ballot at a polling place or on their computer from the comfort of their own homes.

Mary Ellen has been married to her husband, Joe, for 35 years.  They have five children and eight grandchildren.  Her whole world revolves around her family.  In 1991 Mary Ellen and Joe were selected as the first family for Habitat for Humanity.  They still live and cherish the home that Missoula built.  Mary Ellen loves to read, bake, camp, laugh, dabble in quilting, and spend as much time as possible seeing the world anew through the refreshing eyes of her grandchildren. 

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