Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins could teach Montana’s junior Sen. Daines quite a bit about being a public servant.
Wilmot Collins made international news last fall when he was elected in a rather stunning upset for the progressive ticket in Helena, defeating a four-term incumbent. Mayor Collins knows what it means to be a member of the Helena community and that’s why he was elected. Folks in Helena look out for each other, lend a helping hand and they listen to each others problems. Wilmot Collins knows that representing a community involves listening to his constituents.
Wilmot Collins is what a real elected official looks like. An official that will sit down with an upset voter and listen to them. That’s why he has scheduled regular town meetings, though meeting is probably too formal of a term, they will be casual meet and greet style with anyone who wants to stop by and chat with the Mayor. They will be the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm at the LaPa Grill at 32 W. 6th Avenue.
The contrast between Mayor Collins and Sen. Daines could not be starker. Daines prefers governance by tweet, a quality that he shares with the current occupant of the White House. Daines also prefers governance by dereliction of duty as he has acted against the interests of a majority of Montanans many times. Voting for Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary is one of the most egregious.
Not meeting with his constituents is probably the most pathetic quality that Steve Daines has shown as a politician. Not his sycophancy of Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell, not his grossly extreme views, not even his votes that hurt Montanans, but his inability to even sit down and talk with Montanans. Disagreeing without being disagreeable is not a quality that Sen. Daines has shown.
Sen. Daines could learn a lot from Mayor Wilmot Collins about struggle and life and listening. The story of Wilmot Collins is one that every Montanan can be proud of. The story of a refugee from a war-torn nation who immigrated to America, became a citizen, worked hard and decided to give back. His public service should inspire and educate all of us. Even Senator Daines should be following his example.
Mayor Collins has posted this series of events where he will be meeting with his constituents, in a casual manner, at a local dining spot. You can say you’ll attend here: RSVP
Here is what the event description says on the event Facebook page:
“Please, join us on the First Wednesday of each Month for laid-back, informal sharing sessions with Helena’s, Mayor Wilmot Collins. Mayor Wilmot Collins wants to meet you, and he wants to hear from you. If you have a question or a concern… If you have an idea or an opinion… Or if you just simply want to meet and shake hands with our new Mayor, feel free to join us @ 6pm. It’s a great opportunity to listen, to learn, and to be heard. #PoliticsCanBeCool”
Politics can be cool, I like that. Politics can make a difference and be fun and not be intolerable.
Thanks for the leadership on this, Mayor Collins.