Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock is emphasizing growth of jobs in small-businesses, college affordability and preserving access to public lands and streams, while his primary opponent, Heather Margolis, is focusing on service and volunteerism.

The two Democrats, vying for their party’s nomination in the June 5 primary, responded to candidate surveys from Lee Newspapers State Bureau.

“As the father of three children in public school, I’m running for governor to make sure kids across Montana have the opportunity to get a quality education and good paying jobs – so they can raise their own families here, too,” said Bullock, the state’s attorney general.

As governor, Bullock said he will work “to build a stronger and more diversified economy for generations to come.” He said he’ll work to help small businesses create jobs and rural economies growth “through responsible development of our vast energy resources and attract new businesses, like high tech companies, to invest here.”

Bullock called for improving the affordability of college and preserving Montana’s quality of life by standing up for family farms and ranches and fighting to preserve access to public lands and streams for hunting, fishing and camping.

Margolis, also from Helena, emphasized her career in service and volunteerism.

“Service and civil engagement are key bipartisan strategies to strengthening Montana’s economy, education, environment, energy, heath care and nutrition,” she said.

Margolis said she wants to create a formal alliance with government, the private sector, nonprofits and others to expand service in all Montana communities.

She favors leveraging increased investment in service from all sectors in the economy.

One of her other priorities is to “improve efficiency and remove barriers and improve the ability of schools, local government and social service programs to benefit from entities offering support and help through service and civic engagement.”

Margolis also proposed creating a project called “Montana’s Road Map to Prosperity” to find answers to hard questions such as why so many people here live in poverty.

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