Race for Missoula Mayor: Engen leading Triepke in fundraising

Looking to hold his seat for another term, Missoula Mayor John Engen has raised more than $54,000 in revenue, nearly five times that of his opponent, according to campaign finance records submitted this month.

Engen, the incumbent seeking his fourth term in office, is being challenged by political newcomer Lisa Triepke. Both candidates submitted their finance reports last Friday, representing the first fundraising period ahead of this year’s election.

According to the documents, Engen reported $54,500 in total revenue and deposits and has spent roughly $39,900 thus far on his campaign. His largest expenses include $3,000 to Brock Consulting and $1,630 on mail services.

Engen has more than $14,500 remaining in his campaign account, documents show.

Triepke, who works as director of marketing and community outreach at CostCare, reported $11,040 in total revenue and deposits over the first filing period and has spent more than $12,200 on her campaign. Her largest campaign expense was $10,900 paid on July 25 to Spiker Communication for advertising.

Triepke’s account shows a negative balance of $1,214.

Engen has been endorsed by several Montana Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester and Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.

Triepke’s endorsements include several local business owners and Ward 5 City Council member Julie Armstrong.