Remember to vote on Election Day

Havre Daily News, November 2, 2018

On Jan. 11th of this year, I wrote a check for $15, filled out a form on the Secretary of State’s website and signed on the dotted line to become a candidate for the Montana Senate in District 14. Since that cold winter day over 290 days ago, I’ve had the unique opportunity of traveling the highways and dirt roads of this sprawling rural district, which encompasses a large section of northern Montana, from the Canadian border to neighborhoods in northern Great Falls.

In addition to putting thousands of miles on my truck, I’ve also listened to thousands of residents of this special place, as I’ve asked them about how state government should function, what their priorities are and what they expect from their legislators.

The residents of this district have been engaged, thoughtful and welcoming, and for that I am thankful. They also have great ideas about what they expect from state government — and those ideas are consistent with the key areas I’ve been discussing during the campaign on porches, front doors, driveways and during listening sessions.

Developing common-sense solutions to the challenges we face is nothing new to our area. Through necessity, rural Montanans have always come together, regardless of partisan affiliation, to invest in our communities, build our infrastructure and educate the next generation. A positive, forward-focused outlook concerning our collective future, and not worrying about who gets credit for good ideas, has sustained our region in good times and in bad. These ideas are what people in northern Montana continue to support as they look to the future.

Supporting quality schools, building community infrastructure, protecting public lands, keeping college tuition affordable, assuring rural hospitals remain open and financially viable, and helping small businesses to thrive are the key components of my campaign. They are also the issues most important to the residents of Senate District 14.

As the general election nears, I want to thank the residents of this Senate district for their thoughts, ideas and encouragement. It is only through genuine, respectful dialogue that we will be able to make this special part of Montana an even better place to live, work, raise a family and build a business.

I would be honored with your vote on Election Day, or by absentee ballot. Regardless of who you support, however, remember to vote. Our future depends on it.

Why I want to serve as your state senator

Havre Daily News, August 3, 2018

Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, campaign season is kicking into high gear. While it seems like November is a long way off, it will be here in the blink of an eye.

Montana’s federal races will garner an understandable and significant amount of attention. However, as has always been the case, the decisions made at the state level through the Montana Legislature are at least as important, and perhaps more so, than those being made in Washington, D.C.

It’s why I want to serve as your next state senator.

The impact of our Legislature on the everyday lives of all of us — and the communities in which we live and work — is significant. From K-12 public education to critical infrastructure to rural health care to economic development to preserving our outdoor heritage, the work of the Legislature is critical in continuing to make Montana a great place to raise a family and grow a business.

The priorities of my campaign for Senate District 14 are the priorities in which I have been involved throughout my career in economic development. Rural Montana needs a strong advocate in the state Senate who has the knowledge, the passion, the energy and the tenacity to make a difference.

Whether it’s keeping our rural hospitals open, supporting proper funding for our schools, assuring the future viability of Montana State University-Northern, funding local infrastructure projects or fighting for the public’s right to access public lands, my commitment is to work tirelessly for this very special part of Big Sky Country.

My career has allowed me to help small businesses get started or expand, and to assist local governments with their infrastructure needs, including securing grant funds for water and sewer systems, bridges, senior citizen centers and other important community needs.

I now want to take this know-how and put it to work in the state Senate. I would be honored with your support.