Breding takes oath as new alderman

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Breding takes oath as new alderman
OATH OF OFFICE — Mayor John Shevlin gives the oath of office to Karla Breding, Conrad’s new council member, Monday morning. She was appointed to fill in for Alderman Gary Brown who tendered his resignation at the last meeting. Breding, only the second woman to be on the council, will officially begin her term in office at the Sept. 8 council meeting. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   Karla Breding was administered the oath of office for city council on Monday morning by Mayor John Shevlin.
   Breding was already a declared candidate for the city council in the upcoming election in November and will now represent Ward I.
   Councilman Gary Brown chose not to run for re-election and recently resigned his position because he and his family are moving out of the city limits.
   At the last council meeting, Breding was appointed to fill out his term in office. She will be on the council for her first meeting when they meet on Sept. 8.
   Breding, age 46, was born in North Dakota and moved to Montana in 1966 and to Conrad in 1975 when she was in the seventh grade.
   She is a graduate of Conrad High School and went on to attend MSU-Bozeman where she majored in and received a degree Business Finance with a minor in accounting.
   Over the course of years, she  continued her education while she worked with the Appraisal Office  and to keep up her title insurance license.
   Breding has been employed for the past 11-1/2 years at Pondera County Title Company where she is the office manager and licensed Title Agent and Escrow Closer. Prior to that, she worked for 11 years in the Pondera County Appraisal office (was also the Assessor’s office in the past).
   Active in the community, Breding is a member of the Conrad Community Education Foundation, Conrad Booster Club, the Pondera County Planning board, is a member of the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church and past council and calling committee member, served on the City of Conrad Growth Policy Committee and is on the Pondera Regional Port Authority Revolving Loan Committee.
   In between all this Breding likes to do crafts, go boating, walking and biking and watch her children participate in sports and school activities.
   Breding ran for and was elected to the City Study Commission a few years ago. She helped write the Charter that was voted in by the city voters in 2006.
   “During the time I was on the study commission I learned a lot about city government,” she said, adding, “It was interesting to me and I have kept in the back of my mind the possibility of running for the council.”
   That opportunity came up with this election and she decided to run for office.
   Breding tells the I-O, “I don’t have any specific reasons for coming out for the position, except that I believe that we all need to be involved with our community instead of just waiting for and watching someone else do it.”
   She feels there are many areas and organizations that need help to make the city and community be the best it can be.
   “I think my background and my involvement in different organizations and my work experience will make me a good choice for the council,” she said.
   Breding went on to add, “I think Conrad is an awesome place to live and be a part of and to call home for me and my family.”
   She and her husband Everett have two children, Austin who is a sophomore at MSU and a daughter Meagan who is a sophomore at CHS.