I’ve reached that time in my life when my daughter is an adult, I have retired from my career, and I can turn now to a task that has intrigued and challenged me for some time.  I am announcing my candidacy for Montana’s state legislature in House District 7 (the election is in November 2016).

Voters are telling me they are tired of the bitterness and divisiveness in our current political climate.  I believe it can be different.  I believe that we need good government; that government exists to serve the people; and that representatives in partnership with the voters who elected them can work together to negotiate solutions to our challenges, forging a legacy that we’ll all be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

I am running because I want to be part of those solutions and can bring to the table skills and values honed during a career in business and in volunteer board leadership.  I believe good government is transparent and accountable to citizens, and I want to keep voters informed of the issues and legislative actions that affect us all.

If elected I will evaluate legislation based on how it will improve people’s lives; create opportunities for local business, local industry, and local agriculture; and protect our privacy and all the other rights granted to us by our Montana Constitution.