By Griffen Smith

Local candidates get creative in campaigning during coronavirus


August 6, 2020

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

A food bank sits on a resident's front yard at 423 Montana Avenue in East Missoula. The drive was initiated by House District 92 candidate Tom Browder. There currently are two locations to donate and he hopes to add two more in the future.

In a normal year politicians running for office are often speaking to potential voters, canvassing neighborhoods and holding fundraisers. But with COVID-19, local candidates have to try to connect with voters without seeing them in person or at least in large crowds.

"You don't have the audience, you don't have the ability to meet one-on-one with a lot of people or address groups, and you cannot attend meetings," said Missoula County Commissioner candidate Alan Ault. 

Without face-to-face interaction, local candidates are scrambling to find a way to connect with voters. The Pathfinder reac...

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