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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.


Where:Missoula County Administrative Building (199 W Pine St)

When: 1:00 p.m. October 14, 2015

Document Center:

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EAC Contact Information

EAC Term Schedule


EAC Members
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Commissioner Appointed Representative

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.


Missoula County Employee Position
Regular On-Call Election Employee

Civic and community engagement is a valued principle for Carol Bellin.  In addition to dedicating her career to nonprofit program management, Carol has volunteered extensively as an Americorps tutor, an elected School Board Trustee and a member of several nonprofit Boards and advisory groups.  Carol has worked for Missoula County as an elections judge or aide in virtually every election cycle since 2000.  She is currently a returning student in Political Science at the University of Montana.


Commissioner Appointed Representative

I believe in the processes of the Missoula County Election Advisory Board, and appreciate the opportunities that will come out of our work.

·        Raised in Bozeman, Montana.  Graduated Bozeman HS, and Montana State University with BA degree in history.

·        Employed as a banker for 20+ years, first as an adjuster; worked up to branch manager.

·        Worked for Sharp Electronics and Ford Motor Co. as a Regional Sales Manager, 10 years

·        Owner of Acacia Lawn Maintenance for 15 years in Seattle area.

·        Returned to Montana upon retirement in 2007.

·        Elected to Swan Valley Community Councilman, 3 year term.

·        Missoula County Election Judge & Poll Manager, 7 years, ongoing.

·        Working with Swan Valley Growth Plan rewrite (ongoing).

·        Appointed by Gov. Schweitzer to Montana Board of Crime Control/Youth Justice Council.  Served 6 years.

·        Work with 5 & 6th grade students, Seeley Lake Elementary, teaching voting practices and demonstrating processes (ongoing).

·        Continue to study history, including the U.S. Constitution and American heritage through Hillsdale College online classes.




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



Republican Central Committee Alternate


Democrat Central Committee Representative (TBD)


Vice Chair

Commissioner Appointed Representative

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.


Commissioner Appointed Representative Alternate (TBD)

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