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.
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
Missoula New Party Oral History Project, OH 400, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Torma, John Joseph, "John Joseph Torma Interview, April 3, 2006" (2006). Missoula New Party Oral History Project. 4.