I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to work with Mayor Jim Smith on a variety of activities and projects for more than a decade — on city committees and commission, in business, at a nonprofit and on city panels. Throughout all those various groups, Jim was always interested in one overarching goal - what was best for the citizens of Helena. He was always interested in learning as much about the issue as possible and then weighing the pros and cons for the best interests of the citizens of Helena.

He never fits political labels which is appropriate for a nonpartisan position. He is always striving for collaboration and cooperation. Those two attributes have become too rare at the state and national levels unfortunately, but are still important to Jim.

Jim brings those important attributes and a whole lot more to his job of mayor every day. Please join me in re-electing Mayor Jim Smith!

Rick Hays