I am writing to support Mark Egge’s candidacy for city commission. Mark has the vision, experience, and leadership skills to help us collectively manage Bozeman’s rapid growth while remaining good stewards of this valley’s unique character and open landscape.

Many of us agree that affordable housing is one of Bozeman’s most pressing issues. Mark has a strong understanding of the underlying forces at play and a clear plan to address the challenge: 1) streamline the permitting process for builders, 2) reduce barriers for building ADUs (aka “granny flats”), and 3) promote a city-wide minimum wage pledge of $15. In combination, these actions would both support the creation of more housing supply (especially “missing middle” housing for middle-income families) and increase the ability of all residents to afford a safe and secure place to live.

Beyond a clear and shovel-ready vision, Mark has existing relationships in city government that will allow him to build consensus and start getting things done starting on “Day 1.” He currently serves on the City Planning Board and Parking Commission. He helped create Bozeman’s current growth plan and has a deep understanding of all the local agencies and processes that will need to work in coordination as we continue to grow. His strong conservationist values will also help us collectively balance a booming economy with the incredible outdoor access that make this place unique.

I share Mark’s vision for Bozeman’s future and strongly support his candidacy for city commission. I encourage you to give him your vote in November.

Ben Crosby