Capt. Alan Hughes passes through a door at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.

Capt. Alan Hughes passes through a door at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.

Thom Bridge, thom.bridge@helenair.com

Lewis and Clark County voters will have an opportunity Wednesday to hear arguments for and against the detention center levy currently up for election.

Our Revolution Helena and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will sponsor Wednesday’s public forum, which will feature three proponents and three opponents of the levy.

The proponents are:

  • Curt Chisholm — Citizens Advisory Council of Lewis and Clark County
  • Captain Alan Hughes — Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kellie Goodwin McBride — Citizens for Justice and Fiscal Responsibility

The opponents are:

  • Francis Kromkowski Maternowski — Helena Service for Peace and Justice
  • Reverend Robyn Morrison
  • Haleigh Thrall — concerned parent and member of Helena DSA

Helena City Commissioner Robert Farris-Olsen will be the moderator.

The forum is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Labor Temple, 110 North Warren St. Attendees are asked to enter the Labor Temple using the door on North Warren Street, not the door most accessible from Cruse Avenue.

Our Revolution Helena is an independent progressive action group inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders and affiliated with the national Our Revolution organization founded in August 2016. The organization aims to “ignite a progressive political revolution where the people reclaim their democracy; where the ever-increasing income inequality ends; and where healthcare, housing, food security is available to all.”

DSA believes that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. The organization describes itself as “the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in America since WWII.”

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