Race for county commissioner seat centers on Metra | Local News
The 2022 election season has officially begun.
On Thursday morning, retired postal inspector Mark Morse gathered with supporters in the lobby of the downtown Stillwater Building to announce his candidacy to oust Yellowstone County Commissioner Denis Pitman, who announced his re-election bid on Wednesday.
“Not being a politician, I’m a little nervous,” Morse told the Stillwater crowd. “I am Joe Citizen and I challenge an entrenched bureaucrat.”
It was the only reference Morse made to Pitman, who is completing his first term as one of three county commissioners. Prior to serving on the commission, Pitman was twice elected to the Billings City Council for eight years.
Pitman said in his announcement: “One thing I’ve learned during my time as a public servant…is that we’re a good community, full of kind-hearted people who help each other and want to improve the things that we only found them.”
His goal, he said, is to continue pushing for the betterment of Yellowstone County.
“I look forward to continuing my work to take our community from good to great and finishing many of the projects I’ve started over the past decade,” Pitman said.
Morse on Thursday pointed to the county’s rising crime rate and expressed support for well-funded law enforcement. He then referred to the debate over the management of MetraPark and said it was one of the factors that made him run against Pitman.