If you want to vote for someone that can unite rather than divide, reach across the aisle and come up with common sense solutions, then Ed Coleman is your candidate for House District 79.
Having worked with Ed at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality on many controversial and high profile coal and gravel pit mines, we would often tell people, “it’s not a vote, DEQ must uphold the laws set forth by the State legislature.” Ed knows first-hand the impacts of the laws on the people and businesses of Montana and how they translate to “on-the-ground” realities. Ed’s approach has always been steadfast and non-partisan, despite navigating a sector often riddled with politics.
Ed is not a politician, he is a Montanan who wants to affect change. He will bring a common sense approach and boots-on-the-ground knowledge of how the laws enacted at the State Capitol affect everyone. While the laws that DEQ and other agencies must follow may not be up for a vote, voting for Ed for HD 79 certainly is.
Experience counts. Leadership matters. While neither Democratic candidate for SD 40 has legislative experience, Catherine Scott has just the kind of professional and life experience that prepares her for the tough decisions she will have to make as a legislator.
As a former law enforcement officer and criminal justice investigator, Catherine Scott has comforted families victimized by gun violence, suicide, and domestic violence. She knows the impact these tragedies have on families and communities. Catherine Scott is just the sort of public servant we’ve come to rely on in these uncertain times.
I hope you’ll consider the depth of experience Catherine Scott will bring to the legislature when you cast your vote.
I support Ed Coleman for the Montana Legislature as the representative of HD79. I've lived on Helena's West Side for 57 years, and Ed and his wonderful family have lived across the street from me for a decade. I don't get around as well as I used to, so Ed and his sons help by bringing me my newspaper every morning, shoveling the walkway to my garage, assisting me in getting my groceries into the house, and have gone to the store for me during this pandemic to get the provisions I need. The boys have even provided me artwork to decorate my door that brings me a little extra joy. Ed is a good man, raising responsible and respectful children, and they all seem to have a great ethic in that they are always willing to help a neighbor out. I look forward to casting my vote for Ed Coleman in the upcoming election and hope you will do the same.
We are supporting Marta Bertoglio for House District 75. We believe Marta has the skills to truly represent this district as well as the state of Montana. Marta is a rural Montana native, who understands the issues and challenges facing our rural and frontier communities.
It’s her roots and values that have helped her achieve an impressive set of credentials. Marta is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, a military officer and small business owner. As you know, obtaining these credentials required much dedication and commitment. These are the same attributes Montana citizens from House District 75 expect in our representative. We are confident Marta will also bring much needed credibility to our state legislature.
Marta is an engaged community leader who always represents herself with dignity and civility. She will be the person who can move the needle in our legislature in advocating for good paying jobs while maintaining Montana values. Now more than ever, we need a representative who will restore dignity and values to House District 75.
We urge everyone to vote in the upcoming election, but to also vote for Marta Bertoglio.
Christi Jacobsen is the best candidate for Secretary of State, and I encourage you to vote for her! She currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of State and will hit the ground running on day one.
Christi is dedicated to securing your voting privacy and securing your ballot, whether you choose to vote at the polls or by mail-in ballot.
Christi is a dedicated leader, mom, wife, and born and raised Montanan. She has dedicated her career to serving Montana. She has downsized government and bureaucracy by running the office efficiently and saving money. Christi knows how to lead people.
Christi is passionate about her position as Deputy Secretary of State and will work tirelessly to ensure voter security and continue to make the Secretary of State’s Office Montana’s best run agency.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many Montana politicians use the preservation of public lands and our outdoor heritage simply as a talking point accompanied by a posed picture. Happily, the voters of HD 79 have a candidate this election who lives Montana’s outdoor heritage every day—Ed Coleman. I’ve had the joy of joining Ed and his family on trips along some of Montana's most gorgeous rivers and know that for Ed, preserving Montana’s land and water is more than just words. He values the rare and unique opportunities that Montana’s public lands have to offer, and he teaches his kids and others to preserve those “wild” places for generations to come. I have no doubt that Ed will do all he can to protect Montana’s public lands, recreational access for all, and our proud outdoor heritage.
I invite the voters of HD 79 to visit his website at https://colemanforhd79.com/ to learn more about his qualifications and join me in supporting Ed Coleman for the Montana legislature.
Are you as irritated by the barrage of political ads as I am? We have always had such ads but it is much worse now due to the horrible Citizens United decision. Thankfully in Montana we have a congressional candidate in Kathleen Williams who has vowed to advance a constitutional amendment to reverse that decision. She would work to limit that flood of money into politics and ban secretive groups that spend unlimited amounts on elections. She supports complete transparency in such ads. If they are popping up on your device you should know who really paid for them. Think of that and Kathleen Williams the next time you see a political ad no matter who it supports or opposes.
I want to let voters know about an honorable State Legislator, Rep. Julie Dooling. I called Julie to help me with some legislation that had an impact on my small business and a segment of other small businesses across the State. I'm not in her district yet she generously gave her time help us. She attended a meeting that allowed us to vocalize the impact this legislation would have on our businesses. She listened, took action and represented us. She attended the committee meetings, testified, advocated and genuinely represented us. She demonstrated strong intellectual leadership. She represents her constituency but also the rights of everyone in our State.
We need her as our voice in the Montana House of Representatives. She has demonstrated she will work for the people of Montana but more specifically the citizens of Helena and Townsend. She will be a diligent, careful and attentive voice in the Montana Legislature. Please reelect Rep. Julie Dooling.
My wife made my cloth face covering, it is not a surgical mask or N-95 respirator (those supplies are critical to medical personnel) it is quite bright and colorful. Since I must wear it, why not make it fun.
The CDC has a great website cdc.gov where there are instructions for making, wearing and washing masks, as well as the most up to date coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) information.
For me, it is hard wearing my mask. I do not like it. I do not have to wear it, but for me that is not an option. In my opinion, this pandemic is not going away anytime soon. If the simple act of putting cloth over my mouth and nose will help, even in a small way, bring life back to normal of everyone, I am for it.
I am proud to stand up for Kathleen Williams for Congress to represent Montana in Washington. While there are many reasons I support her, her stand on healthcare is especially important today. She will fight for Americans age 55 and older to have the option to buy into Medicare which will lower costs for Medicare. She will protect the Affordable Care Act and its provisions for coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Her solution for helping reducing the costs of prescription drugs is to allow Medicare to negotiate for prescription drug prices the way Medicaid and the VA can now. She supports fully backing the Children’s Health Insurance Fund (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Funds permanently. She understands the needs of rural communities and will work tirelessly for us. Please give her your support in the primary and in November.
Re: 5/13/2020 letter to the editor opening, "Women can trust Cooney to fight for them." A most unfortunate lead-in that sounds like we cannot fight for ourselves. How about, "Women Can Trust Cooney to fight WITH Them."
We have two good Democratic primary candidates for HD 79. But there are differences that make me cast my vote for Rob Farris-Olsen. Rob stepped up when we needed a strong candidate two years ago, and since then, he has served HD 79 well. We need to support our next generation of leaders. Rob has shown he is one of those leaders. He co-sponsored “Hanna’s Act,” which provided additional resources to search for missing Montanans, especially Native American women.
As a life-long Helena resident and father of young children, Rob is devoted to ensuring all Montana children have opportunities to become healthy, educated, thriving citizens. Rob has demonstrated his commitment to the environment, public lands access, affordable healthcare, women's reproductive choice, and the economy. In his law practice, he works hard for individuals, whether it is fighting wrongful foreclosures, protecting civil liberties, or advocating for people with disabilities. Rob successfully applied his skills as an attorney to the important work of the Law and Justice Interim Committee.
Rob blends valuable legislative experience with youthful energy and creative forward-thinking. I urge the voters of HD 79 to re-elect Rob so he can continue his good work. It will benefit us all.
We need to reelect Senator Steve Daines in November because he fights for the health and security of all Montanans. China lied to the world and that has directly impacted the health and livelihood of Montanans. From the beginning of this pandemic, Senator Daines has called for a full and thorough investigation into China’s gross mishandling and cover-up of this deadly virus.
Senator Daines has also called for America to reduce our dependence on China, as they manufacture more than one-third of our imported antibiotics and 70% of our Personal Protective Equipment. Breaking this dependence will help ensure that our health and our national security are protected in the future. We need to send Senator Daines back to Washington in November so that he can continue to champion policies that will guarantee the health and livelihood of Montanans in the future.
Montana voters, our secretary of state has just approved a new, safe process to put an initiative for affordable renewable energy on the fall ballot!
Initiative I-187 provides solid goals for affordable renewable energy, supports fossil fuel industry employees and their communities, and reduces restrictions on locally produced power.
The S.O.S decision allows you to: 1) go to our website “mtcares.org,” 2) click the “How to Sign” tab at the top and follow the instructions to print the I-187 petition and verification form, 3) get household registered voters to safely sign the petition, then 4) complete the verification form and mail both to your county election office. You no longer need to have the forms notarized.
Because of the pandemic, volunteers are no longer able to gather signatures in public places, but your voice can be heard. Act now to ensure renewable energy does not slip away in the pandemic.
My father Ray Peck, a Montana legislator for nearly 20 years, used to write numerous letters to the editors prior to his death. My family expected I would take over that legacy. Even though I rejected that idea, I believe this candidate deserves my endorsement for her dedication to education and excellence as an educator. Melissa Romano is my choice for superintendent of public instruction. I believe this position requires someone who believes in public education and sees the need for mental health services for our students.
Others recognize her as a master teacher, which I believe is important; she has been a math coach and taught in the primary grades. She served on the Montana Learning Center Board. She received the National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teacher. She served as president of the Montana Teachers of Math. These experiences prepared her well for a position like this.
If you are in doubt as to her qualifications, please go to her web page and see what she stands for and continues to do. She is my choice.
Pep Jewell is an educator since 1969 as a teacher, counselor, administrator, and middle school advocate.
There are six candidates vying for the position of Montana state auditor. Two Democrats, both attorneys and three Republicans, who each claim they have the expertise to be successful in the job, as well as a Libertarian.
I am strongly voicing my opposition for candidate Nelly Nicol. My concerns are primarily a serious conflict of interest as well as a lack of overall experience and leadership qualities for the position. She is an officer of a small workers compensation insurance company in Montana, Victory Insurance, that is essentially run by her father.
Victory Insurance and their executives have sought to eliminate the Montana State Fund (MSF) which indicates they do not understand Montana’s small business environment the value MSF brings to the state. I served 25 years with MSF as the chief financial officer helping to build a highly functioning and financially successful insurance organization that is under the regulation of the state auditor’s office.
MSF has created tremendous value for the state of Montana and Montana’s employers, especially small business. MSF has served the state well in ensuring cost effective workers compensation insurance and rewarding businesses with substantial dividends. Nelly Nicol is the wrong choice for this position.
I met Whitney Williams over 25 years ago. Before I met her, she had been a student of my husband, Bob Ream, in the Wilderness and Civilization Program at UM, which Bob founded. We floated the Smith River together and stayed in close touch. In 2016, when Bob told Whitney he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she was able – in a day’s time -- to arrange for him to get second opinions and treatment with gastro specialists. Whitney is a mover and a shaker. She’s tireless. She’s smart. She’s passionate. She listens, and then she acts. In short, Whitney is a natural leader. She is who I want to turn to if trouble comes my way. Montanans would be so fortunate to have Whitney at the helm as Montana’s next Governor. She will work for YOU! Please join me in supporting Whitney and Buzz in Montana’s democratic primary for Governor!
I have known Rob Farris-Olsen for many, many years. I have the highest respect and admiration for his integrity, his intelligence, and his compassion. He is a Helenan through and through. This community is where he married his wife, started his career, and is raising his children. I know no one more passionate about their hometown and the people that live here. He’s demonstrated that commitment through years of service.
Rob Farris-Olsen’s values are Helena values and we need his leadership in the Montana legislature now more than ever. Rob has a track record of standing up against special interests, protecting hardworking families from exploitation and scams, expanding paid family leave, and defending Montana public lands, rivers, and streams.
Rob Farris-Olsen has served Helena, and indeed all of Montana, well for close to two decades and I hope voters will re-elect him to the Montana State Legislature.
The first Lewis and Clark County nonpartisan election gives voters a chance to look past the labels and directly at the candidates.
I hope folks will take a good look at Mr. Tom Rolfe, who is running for county commissioner. His experience, temperament and good nature give him the ability to be an excellent public servant. He’s a positive guy who knows how to listen. He’s thoughtful and deliberate, but does not hesitate to make a decision.
I’ve long believed that people who work in retail sales, who deal directly with the public on a day to day basis like Tom has for many years, have the potential to be good politicians. In both lines of work, at the end of the day, it’s all about the people. Please consider Tom Rolfe when you look at the candidates for county commissioner and cast your ballot for this important local office. Thanks,