I can’t tell you how excited I am to learn that Helena’s mayor Wilmot Collins plans to announce his “next great journey” at an event in Performance Square in Helena next Monday at 12:30. By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the mayor’s story, rising from a refugee forced out of his country to become the mayor of Helena and serving his new country in the military.
They say it could never be done. A Liberian refugee elected to office in Montana.
— Wilmot Collins (@CollinsWilmot) May 10, 2019
Unless you’re from Helena, though, you probably just don’t know what an incredible person Wilmot is. He’s the kind of mayor who sits with students at a high school GSA meeting just to ask how they are feeling and offer his love and support, the kind of mayor who holds regular events just to talk to the people of Helena about their concerns, and the kind of mayor who could even solve Helena’s intractable snowplow problem.
He’s a creative problem solver and a listener, both things that are sorely lacking in far too many political leaders. And it’s hard not to be inspired by his life and resolve.
Wilmot has already made one smart decision for his campaign. His campaign manager is Trent Bolger, a fixture in Montana politics who most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Montana Democratic Party.
While they are holding off on announcing what the mayor will be running for until the Monday announcement, you can already reach out to Trent at [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.