Dear Citizens of House District #71:
I am pleased to announce my candidacy to represent the residents of House District #71 in the 2021 Montana Legislature. This is an open seat being vacated by Ray Shaw due to term limits.
I look forward to the opportunity to represent our district. I am a long-time resident of Madison County as my family moved to the Ruby Valley in the early '60s. I was raised on the family ranch south of Twin Bridges and continue to be involved in its operation. Upon graduation from Twin Bridges High School, I attended Montana State University earning a degree in Agriculture Education. My professional career began as a high school Vocational Agriculture instructor with positions in Wolf Point and Twin Bridges. I later relocated to Billings to become the General Manager of the NILE Stock Show and Rodeo. In 1987, I was fortunate to be able to return to the Ruby Valley and begin my banking career at First National Bank of Twin Bridges, later to become Ruby Valley Bank. After 33 years in the banking business, I have tendered my plans for retirement.
In 1989, I found and convinced Mary Beth Holzer to be my life partner in marriage. We have raised two sons who have grown and prospered because of the great contributions of many in Southwest Montana. While actively participating in 4-H, FFA, sports, and academic offerings, our family has had the opportunity to meet and appreciate the diversity of our neighbors. We are grateful that there is a unique and genuine compassion amongst all for our youth and communities.
My passion has always been to support agriculture and small business, including the outdoor recreation and tourism economies of Southwest Montana, as well as the hard-working class that provide the necessary resources that make our communities and lifestyles the envy of many. Our dealings at the bank are rooted in the philosophy that we could only be as successful as our customers and communities.
I am also grateful to our men and women in uniform, past, present and future. Their service allows us the freedom to safely pursue our dreams.
We are fortunate that many volunteers step forward to supplement the limited resources that our tax base provides. They serve as 4-H leaders, youth sports coaches, and on numerous boards/councils providing leadership and guidance that makes our communities, schools, youth programs, and government function at a very high level. Our family has been, and will continue to offer our time, energy, and leadership to serve and support the public good. Volunteering and giving back to our communities are the reasons I am seeking the privilege to represent the constituents of House District #71 in the Montana Legislature.
I look forward to the opportunity to visit, learn, and understand issues that are of concern to you. I'll work to seek solutions. I understand that government intervention on any level is not always the best or only solution. Collaboration and compromise always need to be explored. My goal is to help find alternatives that work for the betterment of all. I would be honored to serve as your representative in the Montana Legislature, and ask for your support.