Missoula resident and community advocate Dori Gilels announced on Tuesday that she will be running for the Missoula City Council’s Ward 3 seat.
KGVO reached out to Gilels and asked about her background and why she has chosen to enter local politics.
“I’ve lived here in Missoula since 1993,” said Gilels. “I absolutely love Missoula. I met my husband here, got married and have raised two kids, and done a variety of things professionally during my time here. There were some things that created space for me personally and professionally to consider elected office and I thought specifically about the Missoula City Council for a couple of years, because this is where I live, and this is what I love, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to hopefully be of service to this community in that capacity.”
Gilels provided her professional experience.
“Over the years here, I have done a variety of things,” she said. “I have been an entrepreneur and owned my own business; I owned my own publishing company Mamalode magazine for just over 10 years. I was the executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, which is a nonprofit environmental social justice group. Here in Missoula, I’ve served on countless boards and advisory committees at the university and with various nonprofits in town.”
Asked about the skyrocketing real estate prices in Missoula and western Montana, Gilels said there’s no clear solution.
“Affordable housing is a big one for Missoula,”…