Shawn Fredrickson will become an interim Butte-Silver Bow commissioner next week, more than three months before he’s likely to win the District 1 seat outright.
The seat opened up recently when Commissioner Cindy Perdue-Dolan announced she was stepping down to become a field representative for U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana.
Before she announced her decision, she was running for a second council term and faced Fredrickson in the Nov. 6 election. Only his name will be on the ballot now, and he can only be challenged by write-in candidates, who always face procedural hurdles and rarely win.
Commissioners still had to fill the seat temporarily, but only two people applied — Fredrickson and Paula Plattner — and she was found to be ineligible because she does not live in District 1. It covers most of southeast Butte, from Interstates 90 and 15 to the north, Harrison Avenue to the west, Mount Highland Avenue to the south, and the East Ridge to the east.
Commissioners were to interview applicants in public Wednesday night, but since Fredrickson was the only eligible one, they voted to appoint him to the seat. That action won’t become official until next week, and on July 19, he will be sworn in.
Fredrickson spoke briefly to the council Wednesday night, thanking Perdue-Dolan for her service and saying he looked forward to working on the council.
“It’s an honor to work for the citizens of District 1 and all of the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow,” he said.