STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey says the recall he survived this week “sheds light on what has become a dark political climate” in the Bitterroot town.
But he’s eager to move on and start the healing. Dewey survived the recall with 52% support, the first mayor to do so in the town’s long history.
”Only two mayors out of 34 have faced recall in this community,” Dewey said. “One resigned before it even hit the ballot and then mine. And I didn’t resign, was successful in not being recalled. I think that’s an important piece of what Stevensville has been through in terms of its, you know, political turmoil over the last several decades.”
But even for Stevensville, this has been a rough year. Dewey has called the situation one of “noise, mess and doubt,” characterizing his opponents today as “a posse of detractors.”
But Dewey says he doesn’t see his victory as a reboot but instead a chance to learn from mistakes.