When Missoula City Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken knocked on doors in her ward this year, she heard a disappointing theme among constituents.
"I heard an overwhelming sense of despair about government," Wolken said Wednesday.
People don't believe their voices are heard, especially at the state and federal levels, she said. And they believe campaign dollars are distorting democracy.
"A lot of people feel what they say doesn't matter because somebody with more money will come along and drown out their voices," she said at a Committee of the Whole meeting.