John Joseph Torma Interview, April 3, 2006


John Joseph Torma


Jack Rowan



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John Torma, former member of the New Party and Missoula city council member (2000-2004), describes his political origins, his introduction to the New Party, its appeal to him, and his decision to run for city council as a non-partisan with support from the New Party and the Democratic Party. He discusses the success and failures of the New Party during the 1990s (living wage campaign, growth management, density bonuses) then talks about the University Area Homeowners’ Association, with whom he often found himself in disagreement about such topics as occupancy standards. Torma then analyzes by what path the label New Party took on a negative connotation. He describes the dissolution of the party in the early 2000s, as it no longer provided the best vehicle for local progressive politics. He also discusses the political composition of various wards in Missoula, the progressive future for the Missoula governance, and concerns about electronic voting.

The interviewee's full birth date has been restricted in both the audio and transcript for this interview.


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Document Type

Oral History


New Party, United States; New Party, Missoula, Montana; Political parties, Montana; Political parties, United States; Living Wage Campaign (1990s), Montana; Living Wage Campaign (1990s), United States; University Area Homeowners’ Association, Missoula, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula New Party Oral History Project, OH 400, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 400-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:17:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_400_004.mp3; OH_400_004.pdf

John Joseph Torma Interview, April 3, 2006