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Bill Cole

Billings Hit With Racist, Anti-Gay Graffiti

Feb 6, 2018

The mayor of Billings says the city is doing everything it can to find the person or people responsible for spray painting racist graffiti and leaving anti-gay messages at a church and local schools. 

Courtesy Bill Cole

Billings has a new mayor.

Bill Cole won nearly double the votes of his opponent, former Republican state lawmaker Jeff Essman. Cole has focused on drawing young people to Billings and turning it into the kind of city where people want to stay. 

"I was a little afraid that my message would scare off the voters, but i think it resonated powerfully," Cole said.

Cole has called for more parks and trails and more downtown revitalization. Essman had criticized the costs associated with those proposals and possible tax increases to pay for them.