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Billings attorney announces bid for mayor

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Billings attorney and community leader Bill Cole announced Wednesday he will enter the race to become the city's next mayor. 

Cole will make a formal announcement in the parking lot located immediately east of the airport roundabout at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The public is invited to attend.

“People I respect have been encouraging me to run for several months,” Cole stated in a press release. “Billings has never been in a better place, but good is not the same as great. We need to build a community that will attract and retain the young people who are our future. I don’t have all the answers, but I look forward to being part of the conversation.”

Cole is the current chairman of the Billings Chamber of Commerce board of directors and former president of the Yellowstone County Planning Board. 

He is spearheading efforts to develop the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site in Swords Rimrock Park on behalf of the chamber. 

Cole previously served as president of the Alberta Bair Theater board of directors and president of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association. 

He serves on the board of directors of Faith Evangelical Church and is active in various other community organizations. 

Cole graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia University Law School.

You can learn more about his bid and goals after the announcement on Thursday by clicking here.

Cole is the third person to publicly announce interest in the position.

The official filing date for office begins Thursday. Deadline to file is June 19.

The city primary election is set for Sept. 12 with the fall election on Nov. 7.

The mayor's salary is $800 a month, for a total of $9,600 a year.

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