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:
Consists of seven voting members and three alternates; limit of three consecutive three-year terms.
- Two 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 University/College Student, appointed by the County Commissioners.
- One Democratic Party representative and alternate.
- One Republican Party representative and alternate.
- One Libertarian 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!
Where: 140 N Russell, Conference Room (this is the new Elections Office building)
When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
EAC Contact Information and Terms
In Alpha Order:
Commissioner appointed Alternate Member
Shibu Arens was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and grew up in Missoula, 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
Travis was appointed as a member of the EAC in May 2016. In his professional life, Travis currently works as the advocacy coordinator at Summit Independent Living in Missoula. He has served and currently serves on many local, state, and national committees, boards and councils, including:
*Alliance for Disability and Students of the University of Montana (ADSUM,
*National Youth Leadership Network,
*Missoula Active Transportation Planning Advisory Committee,
*Missoula Long Range Transportation Planning Advisory Committee,
*Montana Health Coalition,
*Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council, and
In 2006, Travis earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Montana.
As a person with a spinal cord injury, Travis knows first-hand many of the challenges Montanans with disabilities face everyday and works with the EAC to pursue its purpose to advise the Board of County Commissioners and represent the citizens of Missoula County in supporting and enhancing the election process in Missoula County, especially ensuring that the civil rights of people with disabilities are upheld and that they have a voice in the election process.
Democrat Central Committee Representative
Student Commissioner Appointed Representative
Republican Central Committee Representative
Republican Central Committee Alternate