Election Advisory Committee

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What is the Election Advisory Committee?

The Election Advisory Committee serves as a public liaison between the voters of Missoula County  and the Board of County Commissioners and Election Administrator. The committee is structured as so:

Board Membership 

Consists of seven voting members and three alternates; limit of three consecutive three-year terms. 

  • Four citizens at large, including the alternate, appointed by the County Commissioners
  • One appointed member will be a person with extensive knowledge regarding the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • One Missoula County employee, appointed by the County Commissioners
  • One Democratic Party representative and alternate
  • One Republican Party representative and alternate
  • One Commissioner will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee

To apply for future EAC member positions, click here!


Meeting Notice

Where:1101 South Ave, Building 15 (Election Center, Missoula County Fairgrounds)

When: 2:00 p.m., April 25, 2018

Document Center:

Archived Minutes


EAC Contact Information

EAC Term Schedule

EAC Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Handouts

EAC Mission Statement


EAC Members 

In Alpha Order:

Arens-EAC (1) 





Commissioner appointed Alternate Member

 Shibu Arens was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and grew up in Missoula, Montana.

He attended public schools in Missoula and studied Geosciences at the University of Montana, graduating with a B.S. in 2016. He also completed a minor in International Development Studies. He became interested in nonpartisan election work during his time as an undergraduate, participating in an internship and part-time work with Forward Montana in Missoula. He served on the board of directors of the Montana Public Interest Research Group on the campus at the University of Montana for nearly two full terms, serving as treasurer during his second term.

He currently works as a geologist at AIM GeoAnalytics, a  small business whose focus is analytical work and geological consulting.



Commissioner Appointed Representative

Geoff Badenoch was born in Glendive, Montana, and raised in Bozeman, Montana.

He attended the University of Montana where he received both his undergraduate (Political Science -1977) and graduate degrees (Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on urban studies - 1982).

Geoff began working at the Missoula Redevelopment Agency in 1982 and served as its executive director beginning in October of 1985. Geoff left the MRA in January of 2004. He is currently a private project management consultant.

In addition to his professional obligations, Geoff serves on the Supervisory Committee of the Missoula Federal Credit Union, Missoula Light our Bridges Campaign, Missoula Downtown Partnership Board, Missoula Downtown Foundation, and The Foundation for Missoula Public Library.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Missoula County Election Advisory Committee.  Previously he served on the City Club Missoula Board of Trustees. He served as Chair of Missoula Writing Collaborative Board of Trustees and as a Board member and Treasurer of Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). Geoff was elected to the City of Missoula Local Government Study Commission and co-authored the Missoula City Charter which was adopted by the voters of Missoula in 1996.

Missoula County Employee Position
Regular On-Call Election Employee

Civic and community engagement is a valued principle for Carol Bellin. In addition to dedicating her career to nonprofit program management, Carol has volunteered extensively as an Americorps tutor, an elected School Board Trustee and a member of several nonprofit boards and advisory groups. Carol has worked for Missoula County as an elections judge or aide in virtually every election cycle since 2000. She is currently a returning student in Political Science at the University of Montana.

Commissioner Appointed Representative

Larry believes in the processes of the Missoula County Election Advisory Board and appreciates the opportunities that will come out of the committee's work.

Larry was raised in Bozeman, Montana and graduated from Montana State University with BA degree in history. Larry was as a banker for more than 20 years, first as an adjuster then worked up to branch manager. Larry's work also includes ten years a regional sales manager for Ford Motor Company and fifteen years as owner of Acacia Lawn Maintenance in the Seattle area.

Upon retirement, Larry returned to Montana in 2007. Since then, he's been elected to the Swan Valley Community Council for a three year term; was appointed by Governor Schweitzer to Montana Board of Crime Control/Youth Justice Council for six years; and has been a Missoula County election judge and polling place manager for the past seven years.

Larry also helps with the Swan Valley Growth Plan rewrite, works with 5th and 6th grade students at Seeley Lake Elementary School teaching voting practices and demonstrating processes, and continues to study history, including the U.S. Constitution and American heritage through Hillsdale College online classes.



Commissioner Appointed Representative


ADA Commissioner Appointed Representative 


Democrat Central Committee Representative

Democrat Central Committee Alternate

Republican Central Committee Representative


Republican Central Committee Alternate


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