"Whether it’s bringing new jobs to Missoula County, bringing people together to be a voice for the voiceless or finding common sense solutions to protect our open spaces in Missoula County, I’m honored to serve you and respectfully ask for your support.”

— Jean Curtiss, Missoula County Commissioner


For release February 21, 2018  



Curtiss highlights vision for economic development, conservation, rural advocacy & public health

(Missoula, MT) – Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss outlined her vision for Missoula County today, announcing her intention to seek a fourth term on the commission. With a proven track record of bringing people together to get things done for Missoula County, Curtiss is recognized as one of the region’s most effective advocates for economic development, stewardship and conservation, agriculture, and health and human services.

“By working hard and working together, there’s so much we can accomplish to keep Missoula County one of the best places on earth to raise a family, run a business or recreate in our open spaces,” said Jean Curtiss, Missoula County Commissioner. “It’s an honor to serve all of Missoula County and I look forward to building the kinds of partnerships that can move our communities forward.”

Curtiss, a Democrat, outlined her Five Point Vision for Missoula County encompassing issue areas she’s championed and causes she hopes to continue to spearhead on behalf of Missoula County residents.


  1. To attract sustainable businesses to Missoula County that can provide family wage jobs and contribute to a diversifying tax base for the county.
  2. To work with community stakeholders toward achieving attainable housing for all.
  3. To ensure our working family farms and ranches in Missoula County’s rural areas can continue to compete as agriculture becomes increasingly dominated by large corporate farms.
  4. To work together toward common sense conservation to bolster our outdoor heritage and recreation economy.
  5. To fight for Missoula County’s most vulnerable including newborns, foster children and our neighbors facing mental health crises.

About Jean

Growing up on the family farm in the Swan Valley, the values of working hard and working together were instilled in Jean at a young age. She grew up in a family of strong, involved women and has spent her career paying it forward, encouraging other women to get involved in leadership roles in their communities. Whether fighting for quality and affordable childcare, bringing new jobs to the county or providing services to help seniors in need – Jean brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and common sense leadership to Missoula County. She’s been honored to serve three terms on the Missoula County Commission, first elected in 2000. She stands for those without a strong voice as an advocate for social justice. Jean continues that sense of advocacy in her work as County Commissioner and while serving on more than a dozen county boards. Learn more about Jean here.

Common Sense Leadership

Supporters of Curtiss’s campaign highlight her proven track record of common sense leadership to move Missoula County forward while ensuring the county’s most vulnerable residents don’t fall through the cracks:

“Jean Curtiss is a leader with a vision and the knowhow to get important work done for all who live in Missoula County. Whether it’s advocating for those without a strong voice, bolstering opportunities for women or working together to protect our waterways and open spaces – a vote for Jean Curtiss is a vote for common sense leadership.”

-Ann Mary Dussault | Montana's first female House Majority Leader | Montana House of Representatives | former Missoula County Commissioner | past County Chief Administrative Officer


 “Jean knows healthy businesses invest in our community to enhance our quality of life, which is a vital component of attracting and retaining a trained workforce. She knows how to budget our tax dollars and uses good judgement when sending issues to voters such as upgrading our schools and providing new recreation opportunities. Her common sense leadership is an asset to all who live in Missoula County.”

-Nick Kaufman | Missoula Building Industry Association Director |Missoula Chamber of Commerce, past chair

"Jean's passion for ending homelessness and improving the health of our community are strongly evident in the leadership roles she’s taken and how she champions these causes at the local, state and federal levels. Jean shows up ‘in the trenches,’ playing an active role in moving our work forward.”

-Susan Hay Patrick | Founding Co-Chair, Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness | Chair,  Let's Move! Missoula

“Jean grew up in the Swan Valley, where she learned first-hand the importance of a healthy working landscape in the life of our community. She has been a strong supporter of voluntary land conservation in Missoula County from the beginning of her career in public service.  Jean has consistently given effective voice to the support and nurture of the public-private partnerships so critical to protecting the river corridors, agricultural lands, recreational opportunities, and majestic beauty that make Missoula County a wonderful place to live, work, and raise our families.”

-Greg Tollefson, long-time Missoula conservationist and outdoor writer

“Few people know Missoula County’s unique opportunities and challenges as well as Jean Curtiss. I’m proud to serve with her as a member of the Missoula Economic Partnership Board. Her energy and vision for economic development and attainable housing are crucial to our success.”

-Annelise Hedahl | Missoula Economic Partnership Board of Advisors | former Missoula City Council Ward 5

"Jean Curtiss' experience and skills are unmatched. During her many years of service, she got to know every nook and cranny of Missoula County, as well as many of her constituents.She had to deal with countless issues and problems for rural and urban areas and during that time has resolved them skillfully and with common sense."

-Klaus von Stutterheim | past Seeley Lake Community Council | Seeley Lake Community Foundation

Top Ten Ways Jean Curtiss is Working for You

By bringing people together and working toward common sense solutions with the help of many others, Jean has:

1. Brought new businesses with good-paying jobs to the county as a founding member of the Missoula Economic Partnership and inaugural president of the BitterRoot Economic Development District.

2. Fought for our outdoor heritage by championing the 2006 Open Space Bond to protect 30,000 acres of open spaces for our kids and grandkids.

3. Developed and worked with Missoula Mayor John Engen and community partners to help implement Missoula’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness.

4. Stood up for the youngest Missoula County residents by helping launch the Nurse-Family Partnership to support first-time moms and their babies through age two.

5. Made sure foster kids don’t fall through the cracks by creating the Foster Child Program to keep medical care plans in place even as foster children move.

6. Brought new manufacturing and timber jobs to the old Bonner Mill Site where more than 400 people now work.

7. Worked side-by-side with Governor Bullock to ensure public access to the new Milltown Community Park.

8. Opened the Missoula to Lolo Trail so thousands of county residents and tourists can enjoy walking and biking the new route every month.

9. Opened streams to spawning trout through the cleanup of toxic mine tailings in the 9-Mile watershed.

10. Saved taxpayer dollars by helping individuals facing a mental health crisis get treatment and support to end the cycle of incarceration.


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