James Bennett, Chairman

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James Bennett
Chairman, City Commission

James Bennett has worked in the printing and publishing profession since the age of fifteen. His father was a college professor who taught print production, so it was a genetically inherited profession. His first position was making plates for the printing presses, cleaning grease off the presses and lugging skids of paper to the presses. For the next twenty years James worked his way through every type of technical and supervisor position within the printing and publishing industry. James taught night school for three years at Art Center College of Design before moving to Montana.

In the early nineties it became apparent that his professional skills would be replaced by computer technology. James bought a computer and taught himself computer skills and made the transition to graphic design first as a part-time freelance designer and then full-time with his own design studio. In the last 18 years he has worked with many great local and national clients. His studio has been recognized with numerous state and national design awards for excellence.

James was born in Alhambra California and moved to Montana in the late 80's. He moved to Livingston in 2001. He and his wife Jean have been married for twenty-four years and have three children. Abigail who is finishing her Masters degree in Long Beach California, John who attends Park High and Matthew who attends Sleeping Giant Middle School.

He was involved with the Livingston Youth Soccer board for five years and served as President for three years. He has coached baseball and soccer.

James served as a Military Policeman in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era.

Livingston is a great place to live. There are many people who volunteer a lot of hours to make wonderful activities happen for our youth and community. I have seen the business community pore out tremendous support to the community for a multitude of organizations and activities. This is a community and we need to work together the best we can.

Presently, our local and national economy is suffering. As commissioners we need to be sensitive to the economic situation of the citizens and the businesses. Keeping a healthy infrastructure and making well thought out financial decisions is a necessity.

As a commissioner I plan to base my decisions on facts. In order to do that we will need real information and not guess work. That real information takes work and cooperation among the leadership of the city and the citizens who should benefit.

Email address:  jbennett@livingstonmontana.org

Phone number:  406-222-2433

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