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Billings Mayoral Race

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There are two candidates for the Billings mayoral race. John McFadden is running against incumbent Tom Hanel.

McFadden says his main priority is to improve the city council's transparency. He says the current government isn't listening to Billings voters.

"I think Billings has started in a new direction - a new direction of more honest and open government," McFadden said. "We could have public information all in one place so that it's easy to access and the public can effectively participate in their local government."

On the other hand, Hanel says he is running again because he wants to maintain the healthy budget and economy Billings has now, and prepare a budget for future concerns.

"I moved here 40 years ago and have always had the desire to live here, work here, and do my very best to help this city to maintain, continue to grow, progress in a positive manner," Hanel said. "It's filled full of wonderful people, wonderful citizens and I'm just glad to be a small part of the big picture."

Mayors are elected to serve a four-year term in office. The Yellowstone County Elections Office already sent out mail-in ballots. If you haven't registered, you have until noon on Tuesday to do so at the Yellowstone County Courthouse. Election ballots are due back on November 5.

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