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Incumbent and challenger for Butte chief executive office will face off in November

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 21:43:59-04

BUTTE - Butte’s Chief Executive Dave Palmer will have to defend his seat against challenger J.P. Gallagher in the general election in November.

Gallagher, who is the city’s Parks and Recreation Director, received just over 4,600 votes in Tuesday’s primary election, while Palmer finished second with 3,265 votes.

“I’m excited about going forward and talking about my vision, and my platform and what I can do for Butte,” said Gallagher.

Palmer also said, “I’m looking forward to November and there was about a 1,300, almost 1.400 vote difference between J.P. and myself and there’s about 5,000 votes that went to the other candidates, so I just have to concentrate on those.”

Gallagher said his administrative experience has given him the ability to be decisive in his decision making.

“Government’s not an easy position, you’ve got a to have a thick skin and you’re not also going to have agreement, but you need to listen to people, but you need to be able to make decisions and I think that’s part of what’s helped me with the success I’ve had so far,” said Gallagher.

Palmer said his record in his first term as chief executive proves he’s qualified to stay at his post.

“I think I have the experience to keep the city moving forward in a positive direction, there’s a lot of good things going on and I want to continue that. We’re working on bring new businesses in daily almost,” said Palmer.

The date for the general election is Nov. 3.