Over the last eighteen months, I have loved serving Helena as a member of the City Commission. In my time we have made significant changes to improve Helena both socially and economically. But an opportunity has arisen, that I cannot turn away from – an open seat in the Legislature. When Janet Ellis decided to run for the Senate, House District 81 became an open seat for the 2018 election. The opportunity to serve at the state level is an exciting chance to further my mission of maintaining and improving our quality of life, for not just Helenans, but all Montanans.
During my time on the City Commission we made great strides forward. I worked with my fellow Commissioners on the following achievements:
- Created a new rate structure to pay for more than $100 million of infrastructure needs. The new structure targets large commercial properties that have a disparate impact on our water, waster water, storm water and street infrastructure, while minimizing rate increases on residents. To protect this infrastructure, we hired an additional fire fighter and police officer.
- Prioritized environmental protection and local businesses. I took action to protect businesses by protecting the Smith River, which brings in millions of dollars into Montana and Helena’s economies. I also changed our water rate structure to promote conservation. Most recently, we created a Citizen Conservation Board to guide the city in addressing climate change.
- Promoted social justice. In January, we changed our non-discrimination ordinance to eliminate discriminatory language targeting the LGBT community. At the same time, our rate adjustments limit impacts on individuals with fixed incomes and we provided four weeks of paid parental leave to city employees. Now, we’re working to increase affordable housing.
If elected to legislature, I will bring a new energy. I will be a strong progressive voice for Helena by working towards economic equality, striving to provide jobs, fighting against corporate interests, protecting Montana’s environment, and advocating for our most vulnerable residents.
As a young professional, with a working family, and a small child, I have a unique understanding of how policy choices affect us all. I understand the needs of all Montanans for healthcare, living wages, and affordable post-secondary education. I also believe in preserving jobs in Helena, if we can’t preserve state jobs, we will struggle preserving our economy. That’s one reason why I’ve worked to increase the development of infrastructure, and hired additional police and fire personnel.
In the short time I’ve been running, I’ve already received some great endorsements. I am proud to have received the endorsement and support of: Jon Motl, former commissioner of political practices; DeeAnn Cooney, former district court judge; Janet Ellis, HD 81 State Representative; Mike Murray, former Lewis and Clark County Commissioner; and Katherine Hausrath, former City Commissioner.
I hope that I can count on your vote and that you will support my campaign with a donation.