I would like to introduce myself to those who don’t know me. My name is Michael Delger. I am running for re-election in District 2 of the Broadwater County Commission and I’m asking for your vote.
I was born and raised in Townsend, MT. I grew up on farm just outside the city of Townsend. Other than four years of military service and two years of out of state construction, I have worked and lived in Broadwater County. I have served on the Townsend City Council and served 6 years as County Commissioner. I am also a general contracting builder with my son and partner, Tate Pool. My oldest son, Jordan Basham works for BNSF in Havre. My daughter, Savanna is a junior at MSU.
I care very much about what happens in our state, Broadwater County, and its people. I will try to do my best to protect the place that we live and love!
"The first two years of my term were spent learning what I couldn’t do. It’s easy to come into a job like this thinking you can push through pet projects, but the reality is that the major concerns of the County take precedence, namely: taxes, roads and development. There are 3 Commissioners, and it takes 2 to form a quorum to get anything done. Some relationships have been more quarrel than quorum. Usually, you aren’t a chairperson for your first 2 years, but I have been chairperson three times. The job is 40 hours per week by statute, but it ends up being a lot more. It’s not a hobby!!
The current Board of commissioners is a focused and cohesive team, and we are managing responsible growth for this County and getting the most out of the roughly $13 million County budget and maximizing other funding sources. The future is bright for Broadwater County. There are several positive projects underway.
I’d say the greatest challenge is the disconnect between the powers and responsibilities of a County Commissioner compared to our constituents’ understanding of them. Commissioners have a fiduciary responsibility to protect our citizen’s hard-earned tax dollars. As Commissioners, it is our responsibility to not only manage this money but to protect it from legal liability. This is done by adhering to laws and regulations that can
dictate frustrating results for all of us at times.”
Broadwater County Native Son, 1973 Graduate
Lifetime of Local Civic Commitment
2017 – 2022 Broadwater Co Commissioner
2001 – 2022 MT Ditch Board
1996 – 2022 Delger Construction, Owner
1990 – 2001 Townsend City Council
1990 – 1995 Stocks Construction, Partner
1980 – 1982 Welder/Carpenter AZ & CA
1978 – 2016 Mint Softball Tournament
1978 – 2016 Connor’s Field Maintenance
1978 – 1980 Vo-tech Carpentry GI Bill
1973 – 1977 U.S. Navy Seabees
1965 – 1973 Irrigating family farm