Montana Conservation Voters Endorsements 2012
U.S. Senate – Jon Tester
An organic farmer from Big Sandy, Sen. Tester lives his conservation values. He has a strong history of standing up for our outdoor heritage, and he understands that protecting America's air and water is vital in ensuring the health of our citizens and the future of our country. Senator Tester is a consistently independent voice in the Senate, earning a 91% on the League of Conservation Voters 2011 Congressional Scorecard with a lifetime average of 87%.
- In his tenure in Congress, Senator Tester championed clean air, standing courageously against attacks on bedrock environmental protections like the Clean Air Act.
- He stands up for our hunting, fishing and recreation traditions as an outspoken advocate for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. His sportsmen and women caucus protects our world class fish and wildlife for hunting and fishing through innovative new approaches to public policy.
- Senator Tester brings together people of differing viewpoints to find common ground and get things done. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is a great example of homegrown plan to protect Montana's wild country, support our rural communities, and unparalleled wildlife resources.
- Sen. Tester is a champ for clean, renewable energy jobs, advocating for a national renewable energy standard and working to extend the wind production tax credit.
Give to Jon: http://lcv.org/givegreen
Paid for by Montana Conservation Voters Congressional Action Fund, Box 63, Billings, MT 59103, Julia Page, Treasurer. Not authorized by the candidate or candidate's committee
The following is paid for by Montana Conservation Voters Action Fund, Box 63, Billings, MT 59103, Julia Page, Treasurer.
Governor – Steve Bullock
Our Attorney General Steve Bullock is leading the fight against Citizens United and corporate money in politics. Whether it’s standing up for the right of everyday folks to access public lands and streams or defending our century-old ban on corporate spending – he’s fought for his entire career to make sure his kids inherit a great state.
- He is vigorously defending Montana’s century-old ban on corporate cash in elections in a case that continues to make national headlines.
- As assistant Attorney General, he authored and built the foundation for Montana’s unique stream access law guaranteeing recreational public access for all Montanans.
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Attorney General – Pam Bucy
Pam Bucy’s rich experience as a public servant, an attorney, litigator, prosecutor and her direct experience working for Montana’s former Attorney General Mike McGrath and for the Department of Labor distinguishes her from her opponents.
Montana needs Pam Bucy as our next Attorney General because she:
- Successfully defended Montana’s ban on game farms (I-143) all the way to the Supreme Court with the Department of Justice;
- Defended the Roadless Area Conservation Rule as the coauthor of the brief Attorney General Mike McGrath used to advocate this policy, which is critical to our world class fish and wildlife and incredible outdoor heritage;
- Worked in the Attorney General’s office for seven years, serving as legislative liaison on critical bills affecting Montana’s state lands, our air, land and water and acting as the office expert on all matters Land Board;
- Is a member and supporter of multiple conservation groups;
- Tried civil and criminal cases in nearly every district court in Montana, and
- Argued before the Montana Supreme Court on key public policy matters.
Pam Bucy will fight to defend our constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. In fact, if elected, one of her priorities is to create an Environmental Crimes Unit in the Department of Justice to hold corporate polluters accountable for the messes they create.
Secretary of State - Linda McCulloch, Incumbent
Linda McCulloch is a champion for voter’s rights in an era when Montana and other states are seeing a flurry of bad laws that make it harder to vote. She stands up for a democratic election process that is fair, accurate and accessible, advancing and protecting late voter registration and voting. Her opponent, former Secretary of State Brad Johnson, calls for laws that make voting harder. McCulloch has also made significant technical advancements as Secretary of State, providing online tools for voters to check registration status and polling locations. The Secretary of State serves on the Montana Land Board. Learn more at www.mccullochformontana.com.
Montana Conservation Voter recognized Superintendent of Public Instructions Denise Juneau as Conservation Champion of the year in 2010 for sticking to her strong conservation values as a member of the State Land Board. Montana’s future generations need Denise’s strength, reasoned conviction and resiliency.
- Denise Juneau courageously stood against leasing state coal in Otter Creek at fire sale prices, citing wisdom from the last seven generations, and responsibility for the next seven generations of Montanans.
- Denise Juneau voted to protect some of Montana’s last remaining old growth forests on State Lands.
- She is a strong visionary for our public schools, opening doors to serve more sustainably produced local foods in our schools - supporting farmers and ranchers and bringing healthier, fresher foods for our kids.
Public Service Commission 4 – Gail Gutsche, Incumbent
Gail’s record as a public servant and legislator is punctuated with courageous and effective advocacy for clean water, clean energy and public health. Gail currently serves as vice chair of the five-member commission. She is running for a second term representing PSC Region 4, which includes seven counties: Granite, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders, Lincoln, Mineral and Missoula. We need advocates like Gail Gutsche on Montana’s PSC.
- Gail Gutsche fights for clean, renewable energy development in Montana. Recently, the PSC voted on a 3-2 decision to approve a new wind farm in Judith Basin County. She will continue to promote these renewable energy jobs.
- As a legislator, Gail Gutsche co-authored legislation that solved the energy milieu created by deregulation, and enabled more clean energy development.
- Gail Gutsche has promoted and successfully ushered in new policies to help Montanans harvest energy efficiency and conservation resources, reducing power bills and our impact on the Planet.
Public Service Commission 3 – John Vincent, Incumbent
The Montana Conservation Voters Board of Directors endorsed Commissioner John Vincent (D-Gallatin Gateway) in his re-election bid for Public Service Commission in District 3. Commissioner Vincent served several years in the legislature, including as Speaker of the House, and served on the Gallatin County Commission and as Mayor of the City of Bozeman. He has a very strong conservation voting record in these positions, as well as on the PSC. His primary election opponent, Mark Sweeney (Anaconda) submitted his views but is not seeking endorsements. The winner of this primary election will face the winner of a four way Republican primary featuring former Rep. Roger Koopman (Bozeman, earning a 0% on MCV's 2005 and 2007 scorecard), Rep. Michael More (Gallatin Gateway, scorecard lifetime average of 8%), Ed McCrone who ran against MCV-endorsed Bob Raney in 2004 when Mr. Raney won his PSC seat, and Dillon Attorney Jim Brown, who has represented Western Tradition Partnership in their actions challenging Montana's campaign laws. MCV members in PSC District 3 (Beaverhead, Madison, Gallatin, Park, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Musselshell, Golden Valley, Wheatland, Meagher, Broadwater, Jefferson, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow, please cast your ballot for John! To support his election ($160 limit in primary and $160 in general) contact him at Jcvpsc@gmail.com.
Public Service Commission 2 – Chuck Tooley
Chuck Tooley (D-Billings) is endorsed by MCV in his bid for Public Service Commission, District 2, being vacated by term-limited Bard Molnar. Chuck has a long history of public service, as Mayor of the city of Billings for ten years, as a five year Billings City Council member, and Director the MSU-B Urban Institute for four years. During his time as Mayor, the City of Billings regulated the city’s public utilities and implemented a new rate structure that encourages water conservation. . His leadership at the Institute brought forums on many diverse conservation issues ranging from water supply to clean energy. Chuck’s opponent is Kirk Bushman, who lost his 2008 U.S. Senate race against Sen. Max Baucus. PSC District 2 includes Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, Powder River, Custer, Fallon, Carter, and Prairie counties. To support Chuck visit www.tooleyforpsc.org. Check out his page on https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/28572
SD 02: David B. Fern (D-Whitefish)
Dave is a Coast Guard veteran, long-time community volunteer and leader, and small business owner. He’s lived in Whitefish for more than two decades with his family, where he’s served on the Whitefish School Board, President of the Montana School Boards Association, and as director of the Montana High School Association. His early career includes work for the Park Service, which helped cement his dedication to the great outdoors and Montana’s unique wildlife resources. Dave is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Ryan Zinke (R), who is not seeking re-election. The district includes all of Whitefish and Columbia Falls, and more rural areas adjacent. He faces former Rep. Dee Brown (R) whose conservation record if very poor. To support David’s campaign, contact him at fern [at] montanasky.net, or call 406.862.9170. Learn more at www.davefern.com.
SD 10: Brad Hamlett (D-Cascade)
Sen. Brad Hamlett seeks a second term in the district encompassing Cascade, Ulm, Sand Coulee, Belt, Neihart and part of Great Falls. He is a rancher and art gallery owner who was born in Great Falls and is a graduate of the University of Montana. He has been influential in the protection of Montana historical sites, water rights and protecting water quality. Brad earned an average of 75% MCV legislative score. His opponent is Wendy McKamey (R). To support Brad’s campaign, contact him at senatorhamlett [at] gmail.com, or call 406.264.5885.
SD 17: Greg Jergeson (D-Chinook)
Greg served in both the State Legislature (for 16 years) and the Public Service Commission for 8 years, where he advocated for clean, renewable energy. He is a long-time public servant who also volunteered for his local planning board. Prior to his work as a Public Service Commissioner, Greg was the director of grants and business for the MSU-Northern Foundation. Greg is running for this rural Havre area district against Craig Tilleman (R), who replaced Rowlie Hutton (R) after his mid-term resignation in 2011. To support Greg’s campaign, contact him at jergeson4senator [at] yahoo.com, or call 406.357.3483
SD 22: Jean Lemire Dahlman (D-Forsyth)
SD 24: Wanda Grinde (D-Billings)
Former Rep. Grinde worked as teacher and librarian for 30 years. She served in the Montana House from 2004 – 2010, where she earned a 100% MCV voting record. Grinde sponsored landmark legislation in 2009 which provided $15 million to Montana’s K-12 school district for energy efficiency programs, saving tax-payers money, reducing air pollution and providing improved learning environments in schools across the state. Grinde is active in the Heights Task Force, and is working to solve transportation problems by serving on the Alternate Routes Committee. Wanda is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Kim Gillan (D), who is running for U.S. Congress. She faces Roger Webb (R). To support Wanda’s campaign, contact her at wsgrinde [at] aol.com, or call 406.252.3343.
SD 26: Robyn Driscoll (D-Billings)
Rep. Robyn Driscoll, a third-generation Montanan, has been elected to four terms in the Montana House, by ever-increasing majorities of her friends and neighbors in House District 51. She is currently the Community Education Coordinator for Billings schools. In her tenure in the Legislature, Robyn earned a strong 96% MCV voting record. Her leadership includes vice-chair of the Energy committee, where she’s been a staunch defender of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Robyn seeks the seat currently held by Sen. Lynda Moss (D), who is term-limited. She faces Malcolm Long (R), in this district that includes most of the downtown Billings neighborhoods. To support Robyn’s campaign, please contact her at rdriscoll [at] peoplepc.com, or call 406.252.2468. Learn more at www.robyndriscoll.com.
SD 27: Gary Branae (D-Billings)
Sen. Gary Branae (D) seeks a second term in the Montana Senate. He is a retired public educator who spent the last 27 years of his career at Billings Senior High School. After his retirement, he worked part-time at Rocky Mountain College and also served as youth director at American Lutheran Church. He served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives. In his tenure in the Legislature, he earned a near-perfect MCV voting record. SD 27 includes the south side of Billings to the Yellowstone River. He faces Rep. Elsie Artzen (R). To support Gary’s campaign, contact him at garybranae [at] gmail.com, or call 406.245.2127.
SD 33: Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman)
Rep. Mike Phillips is running for the seat vacated by term-limited Sen. Bob Hawks (R). Mike is a wildlife ecologist and legislative leader who dedicated his career to conservation. Since 1997, he has directed the Turner Endangered Species Fund, an organization that protects biological diversity, wildlife species and habitat. Mike has also served as a member of the Gallatin Valley Open Lands Board. In his tenure in the State House, Mike earned a strong 94% MCV voting record. Voters in SD 33 live in the neighborhoods south of Main Street in Bozeman. He faces Tom Tuck (R). To help and contribute to Mike’s campaign, contact him at mikephillips [at] Montana.net, or call 406.599.5857.
SD 41: Christine Kaufmann (D-Helena)
Sen. Christine Kaufmann (D) seeks a second term in the Senate. Senator Kaufmann has been a stalwart conservation leader – earning a perfect 100% score in MCV’s Legislative Scorecard. Since 1985, she has worked as a director, community organizer, public speaker, lobbyist and project manager for various human rights, environmental, women's, and gay and lesbian rights organizations. Christine faces Mark Perea (R) in this district, which stretches from downtown Helena to McDonald Pass. To support Christine’s campaign, contact her at kaufman [at] mt.net, or call 406.439.0256. Learn more at www.ckaufmann.com.
SD 46: Sue Malek (D-Missoula)
Rep. Sue Malek is running for Senate District 46 vacated by term limited Sen. Carol Williams. Sue earned a 100% on MCV’s Legislative Scorecards in both terms in the House. She directs academic advising at the University of Montana for the School of Business. Sue’s public service includes chairing the Missoula Local Government Study Commission. Her legislative accomplishments include laws that crack down on DUI offenders. Sue is a member of MCV, and says that respect for our great outdoors is a value she carries with her to Helena. SD 46 includes Missoula’s Rattlesnake neighborhoods, and moves east to Clinton, and north to Condon. She faces Kevin Blackler (R). To support Sue’s campaign, contact her at suemalek [at] gmail.com, or call 406.370.2424. Learn more at www.suemalek.com.
SD 47: Dick Barrett (D-Missoula)
Rep. Rick Barrett is running for the seat soon to be vacated by his long-time friend and co-worker, Sen. Erickson. Like Ron Erickson, Dick is a stalwart conservationist who earned a 100% on MCV’s Legislative Scorecards in 2009 and 2011. Dick is an economist, author, outdoor action-sport aficionado and retired University of Montana professor. Dick has demonstrated deep commitment to community as a leader on the boards of the Missoula Food Bank, Missoula Planned Parenthood, the Missoula Whitewater Association, a volunteer for Missoula Medical Aid and, of course, a former board chairperson of Montana Conservation Voters. SD 47 includes the University District, Pattee Canyon, the South Hills and portions of Miller Creek. Dick faces Fred Carl (R). To support Dick’s campaign, contact him at rnewbar [at] gmail.com, or call 406.721.3695. Learn more at www.barrettforsd47.com.
SD 50: Cliff Larsen (D-Missoula)
Sen. Cliff Larsen seeks a second term in the Montana Senate, where he’s already earned a100% MCV voting record. Cliff is a rancher, veteran, former professor and business person. As a member of the Senate Energy committee, he’s advocated for clean, renewable power. He has extensive volunteer experience as a member of the Five Valleys Land Trust, Ducks Unlimited, and as a director on the board of Montana Conservation Voters. SD 50 includes the north side of Missoula, and stretches north toward Arlee, then west to Frenchtown and Alberton along the Missoula County boarder south to Lolo. Cliff faces Niles Brush (R). To support Cliff’s campaign, contact him at cliff [at] larsenusa.com, or call 406.728.1601.
HD 03: Zac Perry (D-Hungry Horse)
Zac is a 34 year resident and proud product of the Columbia Falls. He is a substitute teacher at Columbia Falls High School. In the summer, he manages the family business, a vacation rental, on the same 20 acres on which he grew up. Zac is an active volunteer with the First Best Place and the Gateway to Glacier groups and is an avid fisherman, hunter and target shooter. HD 3 stretches from Columbia Falls to Polebridge, and west to West Glacier. To support Zac’s campaign, contact him: zac_perry [at] yahoo.com, or call 406.387.5815.
HD 04: Ed Lieser (D-Whitefish)
Ed has lived in Whitefish for 22 years. He is a military veteran who worked with the Forest Service 30 years before starting his own forestry business. Ed has a long history of community service, ranging from the Whitefish Water District and the Whitefish Legacy Partners, to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and the Whitefish Fire Safe Council. Ed studied Natural Resource Management at the University of Minnesota. HD 4 includes most of Whitefish. Ed is running for this open seat vacated by radical TEA party activist Derek Skees, against a relatively new Flathead Valley resident Tim Baldwin (R). To support Ed’s campaign, contact him: e-mail liesered [at] yahoo.com, or call 406.471.2082.
HD 12: Luke Walawander (D-Ronan)
Luke grew up in Arlee, and attended King College in Bristol, TN earning a degree in International Business. He dedicated two years as a Volunteer in Service to America, and then served as a legislative assistant in the 2011 Montana Legislature and staffed the Montana American Indian Caucus. Currently, Luke works in Ronan for a Community Development Corporation, where he assists small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their operations and create jobs in the local community. HD 12 includes the north end of the Mission Valley, from Polson to St. Ignatius. Luke is running against incumbent Rep. Daniel Salomon (R - Ronan), first elected in 2010, who voted with MCV a paltry 6% in 2011. To support Luke’s campaign, contact him: e-mail walawanderforhouse [at] gmail.com, or call 406.529.8222 or visit www.lukewalawander.com
HD 19: Richard D. Liebert (D-Great Falls)
Rich is a dynamic rancher from Eden, with 30 years of military service in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He is a member of the Montana Farmers Union and is actively advocating for state policies forwarding conservation, sustainable energy, property and water rights. He coordinates the Montana Strategic Biofuel Project, which works with producers, processors, local, state and federal officials to advance production of Montana grown and refined bio-fuels made from oilseeds like Camelina. Rich helped found Citizens for Clean Energy, a volunteer-run non-profit based in Great Falls. The rural district includes Belt, Neihart, Sand Coulee, Cascade, Ulm and Great Falls. Rich faces Republican new comer Roger Hagan (R) in this open seat vacated by term-limited Mike Milburn (R). To support Rich’s campaign, contact him: e-mail wwranch [at] 3rivers.net, call 406.736.5791, www.lieberthd19.org.
HD 20: Lindsay Love (D-Great Falls)
Lindsay is a community organizer advocating for women’s health. Love has a record of community service, as a board member for YWCA of Great Falls, the Montana Wilderness Association and as a past board member of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Association. HD 20 includes neighborhoods on the south side of Great Falls. She is challenging first-term legislator Steve Fitzpatrick (R – Great Falls), who earned a conservation voting score of 31% in 2011. To support Lindsay’s campaign contact her: e-mail loveformontana [at] gmail.com, or call 406.781.1473.
HD 21: Jean Price (D-Great Falls)
Rep. Price seeks a second term in the Montana House. She is an artist and retired teacher. She worked at Great Falls High School and now serves as an adjunct art-faculty member at the University of Great Falls and Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology. She also directs the Urban Art Project. Jean considers responsible conservation of our natural resources a significant priority, and earned a 100% voting record with MCV in her first term. Jean is challenged by Steven Sem (R) in this district encompassing the downtown area of Great Falls. To support Jean’s campaign, contact her: e-mail jeanbigskybigwin [at] gmail.com, or call 406.452.9315
HD 22: Casey Schreiner (D-Great Falls)
Casey was born and raised in Great Falls. A 2005 graduate of Montana State University in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, he quickly turned his attention to education. Now a 7th grade science teacher at East Middle School, Casey is excited to have roots planted firmly in Cascade County. HD 22 includes the heart of Great Falls. This is an open seat vacated by Rep. Trudi Schmidt. Casey is opposed by George Paul (R). To support Casey’s campaign, contact him: e-mail schreinerforlegislature [at] gmail.com, or call 406.565.0372 or www.schreinerformt.com
HD 23: Carlie Boland (D-Great Falls)
Rep. Boland seeks a third term in the Montana House. She is a powerful spokesperson for Montana’s labor unions and clean air and water, earning a 100% MCV score in her first and second term in the legislature. Carlie faces challenger Patrick Flaherty (R) in the election, in this district encompassing part of downtown Great Falls. To support Carlie’s campaign, contact her: e-mail ccboland35 [at] gmail.com, or call 406.868.1029.
HD 24: Tom Glover (D-Great Falls)
Tom is a life-long resident of Montana, former public school teacher and advocate for kids with learning disabilities. Today, he owns and operates his own business, Computer House Calls. HD 24 encompasses the north and northeast suburbs of Great Falls. Tom is challenging Rep. Brian Hoven (R), who’s earned an average voting score of 50% on MCV’s legislative scorecard. To support Tom’s campaign, contact him: e-mail tomglover [at] mcn.net, or call 406.761.1309, or learn more at www.tomglover.org.
HD 25: Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls)
Tom fights to bring good-paying jobs and economic security to working class Montanans as the executive director of Rural Dynamics. He’s had a broad career that’s included flight instruction and work as a commercial pilot, as well as a drug and alcohol councelor. Tom is challenging Rep. Cleve Loney (R), who earned a 6% score on MCV’s 2011 scorecard. To support Tom’s campaign, contact him: e-mail tomjacobsonmt [at] gmail.com, or call 406.868.9814, or www.tomjacobson.net.
HD 42: Carolyn Pease-Lopez (D-Billings)
Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez seeks a third term in the Montana House. Carolyn and her husband have served as co-pastors in a Baptist church in Lodge Grass, MT. Carolyn considers responsible conservation of our natural resources a significant priority, and earned a 92% voting record with MCV in her first two terms. She serves on the board of System of Care and Community Planning Committee. Carolyn is un-opposed in her bid for re-election. To contact Carolyn, call her at 406-245-2265 or email at Clopezzz [at] wildblue [dot] net.
HD 44: Wallace Yovetich (D-Billings)
Wallace is a retired Air Force Colonel, a third-generation Montanan, and currently owes four Subway shops around Billings. Wallace is an advisor to Volunteers of American national board. If elected, he will work hard to promote clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, His opponent is Jonathan McNiven, who scored a disappointing 6% with Montana Conservation Voters in the last Legislative session. House District 44 includes the Briarwood area and Lockwood. To Support Wallace’s campaign, contact him: email Wyovetich8821[at] msn [dot] com, or call 406-254-8821.
HD 47: Dale E. Rumph (D-Billings)
Dale is longtime resident of the Billings Heights, a US Navy Veteran, educator, coach, member of St. Bernard’s Parish and the Heights Exchange Club. Dale is also one of the founding members of the Castle Rock Fly Fishing Club, which has been fostering the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts for years. Dale faces Daniel Zeinlkov (R) in this open seat in the Heights. To support his campaign, contact him: e-mail dalerumph4mt [at] gmail.com, or call 406.794.5311.
HD 48: Rita Wells (D-Billings)
HD 49: Mary McNally (D-Billings)
Rep. McNally seeks a second term in the Montana House. In her first term, she earned a 100% score on MCV’s scorecard. Mary is an economics professor at MSU-B who understands the deep connection between Montana’s clean water and open spaces and a strong business climate. Mary is a former MCV board member and prolific public servant, who served on boards for the Alberta Baird Theatre, Community 7 Television and ZONTA, as well as the City of Billings Energy and Conservation Commission. Mary is opposed by Tim Stark (R). To help and contribute to Mary’s campaign, contact her: e-mail mcnallyhd49 [at] gmail.com, or call 406.671.1376. Learn more at www.marymcnally.com.
HD 50: Deborah D. Willis (D-Billings)
Deborah is a 38-year resident in the district, who served for 30 years as a probation and parole officer. Voters in this district, which runs east to west along the rim rock on the northwest end of Billings, were represented by Tom McGillvray (R), who is term-limited. She faces Dennis Lenz (R). To help and contribute to Deborah’s campaign, contact her: dewillis53 [at] q.com, or call 406.252.4688.
HD 51: Kelly McCarthy (D-Billings)
Kelly is a 5th generation Montanan who grew up on the south side of Billings. He joined the Air Force as a young man in 1985, and spent most of the next 23 years working for various intelligence agencies. Since returning to Montana, Kelly has been working in the banking industry, where he aims to improve financial services to the underserved. He serves on the board of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District, working to promote brownfield investments and urban renewal in blighted areas of the community. Kelly faces Taj Mukadam (R) in the district formerly held by Rep. Robyn Driscoll (D). Voters in HD 51 live in the heart of Billings. To support Kelly’s campaign, contact him: e-mail Kelly [at] kellyformontana.org, or call 406.839.0071. Learn more at www.kellyformontana.org.
HD 52: Virginia Court (D-Billings)
Rep. Court seeks a second term in House District 52, which stretches narrowly east and west through the southern side of Billings. She earned a 100% conservation voting score in 2011. Virginia was born and raised in a small rural community of Whitehall where her family settled. Virginia owned small business for 25 years and has a long history as a community advocate. In addition to chairing MCV’s Board of Directors, she served as a school board member, a Girl Scout leader, a church volunteer and member of the Billings Library Board. She is a mother of five, an employer, and the director of an organization promoting tourism and historic preservation in south eastern Montana. Virginia faces challenger Kassidy Olson (R). To support Virginia’s campaign, contact her at vjchd52 [at] yahoo.com, or call 406.259.5099. Learn more at www.virginiacourt.com
HD 53: Joseph Sands (D-Billings)
Joe served in the Army for ten years. During the Bosnian Peace-Keeping mission, he was awarded the Army’s highest peacetime medal for valor and heroism by Congress. After leaving the US Army, he moved to West Yellowstone where he was hired as one of the town’s first paramedics. This is where he received training to become a firefighter. He has served the citizens of Billings as a firefighter for the past eight years. He faces Dave Hagstom (R) in HD 53, which stretches east to west on the south side of Billings in the seat most recently held by Rep. Elsie Artzen (R). To help and contribute to Joe’s campaign, contact him at joe [at] josephcsands.com, or call 406.697.8597. Learn more at www.josephcsands.com.
HD 54: Margie MacDonald (D-Billings)
Rep. MacDonald seeks a third term in the Montana House. She is a long-time community leader who advocates for family farms, ranches and conservation as an employee of the Western Organization of Resource Councils. Formerly, Margie served as director of Governor Schweitzer's Office of Community Service and prior to that, as the Executive Director of Montana Association of Churches. Margie faces challenger David Lewis (R) in this district edging the Yellowstone River on the south side of Billings. To support Margie’s campaign, contact her at Macmargaret [at] gmail.com, or call 652-6625.
HD 59: Paul Beck (D-Red Lodge)
Paul served in the legislature for one term and has an excellent conservation voting record. He owns and operates a home inspection business in Red Lodge, where he works to ensure safe homes. Paul wants to make sure that Montana capitalizes on clean, renewable energy. He is an avid hiker, and will work to ensure that we protect stream access and Montanan’s right to fish and hunt on public lands. His opponent is Joan Blyton ( R ) who received a 0% MCV score in 2011. To support Paul Beck’s campaign, contact him: paulbeckformontana.org, or call him at 406-446-4440.
HD 62: Reilly Neill (D-Livingston)
Reilly is a mother and small business woman publishing an independent newspaper. Like so many others in Livingston, she believes successful business means protecting the clean water and beautiful vistas that draw visitors from all over the world to Montana. She is challenging first-term legislator Dan Skattum (R), who earned a 0% MCV score in 2011. To support Reilly’s campaign, contact her at reilly [at] votereilly.com, or call 406.224.1106. Learn more at www.votereilly.com.
HD 63: Franke Wilmer (D-Bozeman)
Rep. Wilmer seeks a fourth term in the Montana House. In her tenure over three terms, she’s earned a 100% voting record on MCV’s legislative scorecards. Franke teaches political science at Montana State University. She served three-terms in a neighboring district and served as a legislative leader before running for the U.S. House. Franke chaired the Montana Human Rights Commission, the Governor’s Capitol Financial Advisory Council, authored three books and numerous articles and has been an invited guest lecturer in the US and abroad. She is a proud member of Montana Conservation Voters and the Montana Education Association - Montana Federation of Teachers. Franke seeks to unseat Rep. Tom Burnett (R), who’s voted with the conservation community a mere 6%. To support Franke’s campaign, contact her at franke4hd63 [at] gmail.com, or call 406.992.4765. Learn more at www.frankewilmer.org.
HD 64: Tom Woods (D-Bozeman)
Tom is a professor at Montana State University, where he teaches cellular biology. He led trips as a guide into the greater Yellowstone area, sharing Montana’s abundant wildlife and backcountry with visitors from all over the world. HD 64 is an open seat, which includes the heart of Bozeman. Rep. Franke Wilmer currently holds the seat, but is running for a neighboring legislative seat. Tom is opposed by Clint Field (R). To support Tom’s campaign, contact him at tomwoods4mt [at] gmail.com, or call 406.850.4461. Learn more at www.tomwoodsformontana.com.
HD 65: Kathleen Williams (D-Bozeman)
Rep. Williams seeks a second term in HD 65, where she currently represents the neighborhoods on the southeast side of Bozeman. Kathleen has extensive expertise as a watershed manager and an advocate for responsible use of Montana’s water resources. She served as Executive Director of Instream Flow Council, former Water Resources Program Manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and former Legislative staff to House Natural Resources Committee and the Environmental Quality Council. Now Kathleen is a small business owner. She has been a member of several volunteer boards, including the League of Women Voters, the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council, Helena City/County Parks Board, and was appointed by Governor Schweitzer to the statewide Water Pollution Control Advisory Committee. Kathleen faces challenger Nick Mahan (R). To support Kathleen’s campaign, contact her at kathleenhd65 [at] bresnan.net, or call 406.570.1917. Learn more at www.kathleenhd65.com.
HD 66: Jennifer "JP" Pomnichowski (D-Bozeman)
Former Rep. Pomnichowski seeks election to HD 66, recently vacated by Rep. Mike Phillips, who is running for the Senate. She served two terms in a neighboring district, earning a 100% MCV score in both sessions. JP is a fifth generation Montanan who cares deeply about our clean water resources and has been an outspoken leader for conservation – passing effective legislation, serving on numerous city and county boards, and championing citizens’ rights to have a say in critical environmental decisions. Legislative accomplishments include sponsoring five successful bills that encourage and protect our rights to hunt and fish. J.P. faces Dave Pont (R) in the race for HD 66, which runs along the south side of Main Street in Bozeman. To help and contribute to JP’s campaign, contact her at pomnicho [at] montanadsl.net, or call 406.587.7846. Learn more at www.jpformontana.com.
HD 70: April Buonamici (D-Bozeman)
April is a free-lance writer and retired teacher of 32 years. She is a strong advocate for our right to a clean and healthful environment. April is running against incumbent Rep. Mike More (R), who has a poor conservation voting record in this district encompassing the area from the Gallatin Gateway to West Yellowstone. To support April’s campaign, contact her at aprilbuonamici [at] yahoo.com, or call 406.599.5398. Learn more at www.aprilbuonamici.com.
HD 79: Chuck Hunter (D-Helena)
Rep. Hunter seeks a third term in the Montana House, where he is a legislative leader and strong conservationist with an MCV voting average of 97%. He served for 22 years in state government providing critical care for Montanans, including directing Montana’s Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance, Unemployment Insurance and other critical public services. Now, Chuck is a small business owner who serves on the boards of the Myrna Loy Center and Intermountain Children’s Home. He is also a lifetime member of the Montana Wildlife Federation. Chuck faces challenger Mark Diaz (R) in this district that encompasses downtown Helena and runs north along Montana Ave. To support Chuck’s campaign, contact him at chunter717 [at] bresnan.net, or call 406.449.2327. Learn more at www.chuckhunter.org.
HD 80: Kelsen Young (D-Helena)
Kelsen seeks a first term in the Montana House, challenging Rep. Liz Bangerter (R), who earned a 29% MCV voting record in her first term. Kelsen grew up in Havre and Helena, always knowing that she wanted to serve her community. She has spent the last 15 years working to end domestic and sexual violence and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Voters in HD 80 live from downtown Helena, north along Montana Ave. To support Kelsen’s campaign, contact her at kelsen [at] kelsenyoung.com, or call 406.461.4536. Learn more at www.kelsenyoung.com.
HD 81: Galen Hollenbaugh (D-Helena)
Rep. Hollenbaugh is a lifelong Montanan running for re-election for a fourth term in the House. Galen has a strong record as a public servant. In his first three terms, he earned a perfect 100% MCV score. He is a policy expert who serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. Galen faces challenger Ronald Lasser (R). Voters in HD 81 live near downtown Helena, and north toward the fairgrounds. To support Galen’s campaign, contact him at galen [at] hollenbaugh.org, or call 406.443.1200. Learn more at www.hollenbaugh.org.
HD 82: Jenny Eck (D-Helena)
Jenny is running for HD 82, an open seat currently represented by Rep. Mike Menahan (D). She is an attorney with the Montana Attorney General’s office who fights to protect consumers from unfair lending and debt settlement practices. Jenny is a public employee and mother who will work hard to protect our clean water and open spaces for future generations. Voters in HD 82 live on the west side of Helena. She faces Samuel Hunthausen (R). To support Jenny’s campaign, contact her at jennyleeeck [at] hotmail.com, or call 406.459.1082. Learn more at www.jennyeckformontana.org.
HD 86: Kathy Swanson (D-Anaconda)
Kathy seeks a second term in the House after earning an 88% MCV score. She comes from a long line of public servants. Her father served in the Legislature, as did her sister, Nancy Keenan, who was then elected as the Superintendent of Public Schools. Kathy worked at the local credit union as the head teller for decades before retiring. She is a strong advocate for good, union jobs and clean water, and believes Montanans deserve both. To support Kathy’s campaign, contact her at kswansonhd86 [at] gmail.com, or 406.563.5312.
HD 91: Chuck Erickson (D-Milltown)
Chuck is a Missoula native with roots going back seven generations. He is a Navy veteran, retired union leader and involved community member. As a member of the Milltown Superfund Redevelopment Working Group and the President of the Bonnor Milltown Community Council, he’s helped ensure community-building clean up of the Clark Fork River. He is a member of Backcountry Horsemen and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Tim Furey currently represents HD 91, but is not running for re-election. Chuck faces Doc Moore (R). To support Chuck’s campaign, contact him at ericksonchuck [at] gmail.com, or call 406.207.4988. Learn more at www.chuckerickson-hd-91.com. ¬
HD 92: Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula)
Rep. Bennett seeks a third term in the Montana House, where’s he’s earned an excellent 100% MCV score each session. Bryce works for Forward Montana, an organization he helped found. He’s an outspoken advocate for clean, renewable energy, clean water and wild country. In 2011, Bryce sponsored legislation, and later helped forge a solution, to prevent “mega-load trucks” from jeopardizing the Big Blackfoot River and historic corridor in the district. HD 92 includes the Rattlesnake neighborhood in Missoula, all the way north to Condon. He faces Paul Varkuza (R). To support Bryce’s campaign, contact him: e-mail bennettforhouse [at] gmail.com, or call 406.546.3629. Learn more at www.bennettforhouse.com.
HD 93: Douglas Coffin (D-Missoula)
Doug is a union leader, biologist, father and professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Montana. He teaches in the school of Pharmacy. Doug is a member of MCV, and former President of the University Faculty Association. Doug is running in HD 93, currently represented by Rep. Dick Barrett (D), who is running for the Senate. HD 93 includes the University District, and stretches southeast to Pattee Canyon and Miller Creek. He faces Brandon Simpson (R). To support Doug’s campaign, contact him at mtdougc [at] gmail.com, or call 406.544.5342. Learn more at www.dougcforhd93.com.
HD 94: Ellie Hill (D-Missoula)
Rep. Hill seeks a second term in the Montana House, where she’s earned a perfect 100% MCV score. She is a member of MCV, an attorney and advocate. Currently, she serves as co-chair of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Caucus and the National Council of State Legislators on the Law and Justice Committee. Her record of service includes work as the former Executive Director of the Poverello Center, and volunteer leadership with the Missoula Chapter of the New Leaders Council, and the national Vice President for the Young Democrats of America. Ellie faces challenges Lynn Hellegard (R) in the district encompassing the Slant Streets and South Hills neighborhoods in Missoula. To support Ellie’s campaign, contact her at elliehillhd94 [at] gmail.com, or call 406.218.9608. Learn more at www.elliehillforhd94.org.
HD 95: Tom Steenberg (D-Missoula)
Tom moved to Missoula in 1978, drawn by the mountains and opportunities for outdoor recreation. He recently retired after 25 years in public safety with the Missoula fire department, where he learned to appreciate and value the rewards that come from working for the public good and welfare. Additional public service includes volunteer leadership on the board of the Montana Environmental Information Center. Tom faces Karen Meyer (R) in this district currently held by Rep. Diane Sands (D), who is term-limited. Voters in HD 95 live in the neighborhoods near the Southgate Mall, and stretching south toward Miller Creek. To support Tom’s campaign, contact him at mtsteenberg [at] bresnan.net, or call 406.721.5869.
HD 96: Carolyn Squires (D-Missoula)
Rep. Squires seeks a second term in HD 96, after serving for many years in the state legislature and earning a perfect MCV voting record. She is a Montana native who moved to Missoula 44 years ago to work as a nurse. In the 2005 Legislative Session, Carolyn sponsored a measure to provide Montanans with the option to choose to permanently vote by mail, making it easier for rural and urban citizens alike to cast their ballots. Carolyn considers Montanan’s abundant wildlife and public lands among our greatest assets, and she promises to continue to represent these interests. Carolyn faces Jon Baker (R) in the race to represent HD 96, which includes portions of the Franklin to Fort neighborhood, moving west to Blue Mountain. To support Carolyn’s campaign, contact her at sqigs [at] msn.com, or call 406.543.6734.
HD 97: Nancy Wilson (D-Missoula)
Nancy is a long-time advocate for students and sustainable transportation. She helped develop the transit program at the University of Montana, which carries close to a half million riders annually. Her career includes community organizing on Missoula’s north side, which resulted in beautiful, safe and affordable housing. Nancy is running for the House seat held by Rep. Michele Reinhart (D), who is not running for re-election. The district includes a narrow swath of the University District along the Clark Fork River, running west through the Franklin to Fort neighborhood, and fanning out to include portions of Orchard Homes in Missoula. She faces Gary Sanders (R). To help and contribute to Nancy’s campaign, contact her at nwilson1538 [at] gmail.com, or call 406.531.6994. Learn more at www.nancywilsonforhd97.org.
HD 99: Kimberly Dudik (D-Missoula)
Kimberly has worked tirelessly for over the past decade to create safer communities and stronger families. She worked as a YWCA domestic violence advocate, a registered nurse specializing in neonatal intensive care, a small business owner, and most recently as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana protecting children in abusive family situations. Kimberly is running for the district encompassing Grant Creek, and running south toward Missoula’s historic north and west sides. She faces radical gun rights activist Gary Marbut (R), in this district currently held by conservation champion Rep. Betsy Hands (D), who is not running. To support Kimberly’s campaign, contact her at Kimberly.dudik [at] gmail.com, or call 406.239.5771. Learn more at www.kimberlydudik.com.
Paid for by Montana Conservation Voters Action Fund, Box 63, Billings, MT 59103, Julia Page, Treasurer.