As a college educator working within House District 81, I am particularly concerned about ensuring the availability of a quality public education that sets Montana's graduating students up for success. Rob Farris-Olsen received his education through the Helena school system and shows a commitment to the success of that system which is currently under threat. He is also the only candidate being endorsed by the Montana Federation of Public Employees.
A second threat to public education is the safety of students and the learning environment. Rob Farris-Olsen has expressed an interest in increasing protections for public safety, such as enhanced background checks for assault weapons. He would not support teachers or other public employees carrying concealed weapons in public places or on state property, such as the Montana legislature.
We need a leader who is willing to stand up for our future generation and Rob Farris-Olsen is clearly the most committed to addressing my concerns about education and safety in HD 81.
Katherine Greiner, Ph.D.