Matt Boucher is running for Ward 4 councilperson against Karen Datko in the elections underway.
Boucher, 27, graduated from Havre High School and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years, where he achieved the rank of sergeant and was a helicopter crew chief. He is an Iraq War veteran.
He has worked at Hi-Line Electric as an electrician for the last four years. Before that, he worked at Schine Electric.
He was out of the Marine Corps in June 2009 and started working at Schine in July 2009.
Boucher has been married to his wife for six-and-a-half years and has a 2-year-old son. His parents live in Havre. Boucher was born in Miles City, but moved to Havre when he was 4 years old.
“Havre is the only place I know,” Boucher said.
Boucher said he does not have an agenda if he becomes the Ward 4 council person.
“I would like to see to the repairs of the streets,” Boucher said. “It’s unreasonable to make promises about it, but I would like to take steps forward in repairing the streets.”
He said that while campaigning, many people ask him about the infrastructure of the city, the state of the streets and the state of the east end.
“The vacant buildings (in the east end) are a concern,” Boucher said.
When asked about what he would like to see different in the way City Council and the city government are run, Boucher said, “I’m all for people voting for the nonpartisan change on the ballot. It’s not a partisan issue for local deals.”
Boucher said he decided to run in the first place because a former politician asked him to.
“I had to be asked, so I felt like they wanted me,” Boucher said.
“I encourage everybody to vote and fill out their ballots,” Boucher said.