Dupree City Council Candidates

Running for Wards 2 and 3, left to right, top to bottom: Mary Lu Griffith, Greg O'Connell, Larry In Woods and Sam Owens.

Running for Wards 2 and 3, left to right, top to bottom: Mary Lu Griffith, Greg O’Connell, Larry In Woods and Sam Owens.

Mary Lu Griffith

Education background/family/work  history

I am a mother of three daughters, all college graduates. I have lived in Dupree since 1963; I helped build my own house in 1972.  I worked as a carpenter for R&S Construction for two years.  I cooked for the Head Start in Dupree for five years.  I was the Business Manager/Bookkeeper for the Sacred Heart Center in Eagle Butte for five years  I was also on the Habitat board as well as a volunteer.  I was a 4H leader for seven years. I was first elected to the City Council on May 4, 2009.

I have an Associates Degree in Business Management and Marketing.  I’m also a member of the Kensington Club and serve as their reporter.

If re-elected, what changes would you like to see in your next term?

I would like to continue on the city council to see some of these projects we have planned for the city come to completion, now that we are through the planning stages. I would also like to continue to help with improvements to the city, along with attracting more businesses in town, such as a hotel or motel.

How do you feel you’ll be able to bring about changes?

I can be effective by listening and representing the people in my ward.  By researching more ways we can attract businesses to Dupree.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you like to do for fun?

I operate Bones from the Prairie. I enjoy woodworking, bone carving. I’m also a seamstress.  I like to dance, play cards and Farkle.  I also enjoy playing Scrabble and Liar’s Whist.

Greg O’Connell

Family, wife Kim, daughters Alysha, Breanna and Bethany.

My education ranges from training as a machinists mate in the US Navy to a BS in Applied Mathematics and certification as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher. My work history includes three years of naval service, working summers on the rail road while in college, working as a carpenter, 15 years of working within education, and a couple of summers as a ranch hand. Most recently, I ventured into the business/banking world.

If elected, what changes would you like to see in the future?

I don’t see any specific changes that need to happen.  With my candidacy, I do not feel that there is a void that needs to be filled. I personally view my candidacy as a gesture of making my services available. If elected, I will do my best to serve the needs and interests of the community. I believe my diversified work history and education provide a foundation for my candidacy.

The past several years I have felt that I could and should do more to help my community. Especially with the severe weather that seemed to plague our community. In short, with my children maturing, I have more time to contribute to the community. When asked if I would consider running for office it was a relatively easy decision.

Sam Owens

General questions: (education background, family, occupation)

Born in Colorado Springs, raised in western Montana.  I’ve got a BA in Church ministry. I’m an ordained pastor with the Eagle’s Wing Baptist Church here in Dupree. My wife, Linda, and I are at home; all our kids are gone from home now.

What changes would you like to see in your first year?  Five years?

Don’t know if I want to change anything, I guess as far as the issues.  I just want to get more involved, I guess to try and help get some of the projects done.  They are in the works, but just want to help get them going.  Just try to make sure there is a good relationship between the council and the citizens. I just want to help the community anyway I can, I guess that’s why I’m doing this.

What are some of your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?
I like to do a lot of stuff, hunting and fishing; building plastic model kits, riding motorcycle. Pretty much anything to do with livestock, I like to get involved in after being raised on a ranch. This is the perfect place to be a preacher and get to still play with cows.

Larry In the Woods

Wasn’t able to be contacted for interview



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