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Even though I do not have a Republican opponent for the Senate District 41 primary, I felt it important to give you a summarization of who I am.

Name: John Schmidt, Republican, age 60

Facebook: Schmidt for Montana State Senate

Address: 2047 N. Last Chance Gulch, Box 366, Helena, Montana, 59601

Who Am I?

I am not a career politician nor have I always aspired to be one. I am an at-large pastor in the Helena area as well as an adjunct instructor in business/finance for Helena College. For almost 11 years, I used to be Sr. Vice President of Finance/Controller for Office Depot before leaving to become a pastor. I have served on the Governor of Nevada’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (the only rural representative) and chaired the Sub-committee on Policies and Long-term Planning. My education is: B.S. in Business Administration and MBA both from California State University, a Masters and Doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, and I was a CPA before allowing it to go inactive (because of ministry). Additionally, I have served as a police chaplain for two different jurisdictions.

My wife, Kim, and I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. Two of my four children (including a grandson), as well as my parents, live in Helena.

Why am I running and why should people vote for me?

I am running because I really do love and care for the people of our community and this great state. I have always practiced a commonsense approach to problem solving—and the deep divisiveness and rancor that is prevalent is today’s politics has served to hurt rather than help build the ‘common good’ of society. I believe I can make a difference.

My campaign motto is: Strong, trustworthy leadership for the common good of Montana.

Some key campaign points:

• Listening and responding to the needs of Montanans—with honesty and integrity, action-oriented, respectful, straight-talking leadership

• Protecting your paycheck—responsible economic stability and growth

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• Affirming Personal and Social Responsibility— making things right in the right way; having civil discourse to seek solutions (not blame) in being citizens, not consumers

• A responsible government that serves and protects—providing justice, education and services to the most vulnerable who cannot take care of themselves; seeking an effective government that is fiscally responsible

• Strengthening families—promoting healthy households that help to promote healthy communities

• Pro-life—all of mankind has intrinsic value and worth

• For the 2nd Amendment and Against Violence

My commitment is to the people of District 41 and to the people of Montana—a commitment that transcends political platforms and parties. Thank you for your consideration.

Republican John Schmidt of Helena is running unopposed in the Senate District 41 primary election. He will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election. 

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