Endorsed Candidates

    Gail Gutsche

    Gail Gutsche

    Gail Gutsche is a former PSC Commissioner and former state representative. With a perfect 100 percent MCV rating during four sessions in the House, Gail served in leadership as a Democratic Whip in 2005 helping to create Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard. As a PSC commissioner, Gail worked hard to protect rate payers and seeks to return to the PSC to continue her work to get Montanans the most cost-effective power from the cleanest sources possible.

    Gail is running in a re-match against Commissioner Bob Lake who earned a dismal 4 percent MCV rating during five sessions in the legislature. In the legislature, Lake voted against creating the Renewable Energy Standard and voted to gut the Montana Environmental Policy Act as well as Montanans’ constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. As commissioner, Lake voted to shift the burden of costs from Northwestern Energy to rate payers during an outage at Colstrip and voted to make it more difficult to expand solar energy generation in Montana.

    Gail Gutsche for PSC

    Contact:

    3010 St. Thomas Drive
    Missoula, MT 59803

    Website

    District: Public Service Commission #4 - Granite, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, and Sanders Counties

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Commissioner Bob Lake

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100% as a state legislator

    Dave Strohmaier

    Dave Strohmaier

    Dave Strohmaier won the primary election for Missoula County Commission over incumbent Stacy Rye. Dave is an advocate for clean energy and, as a Missoula City Councilor, had an amazing environmental record and is focusing his campaign on land stewardship and working landscapes. Dave puts Montana values in action every day and will be a commissioner who embodies our Montana values.

    Strohmaier for County Commissioner

    Contact:

    PO Box 8431
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.529.5580

    Website

    District: County Commission

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 6 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Melissa Hartman

    Melissa Hartman

    Melissa Hartman, running for SD3, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Whitefish. Her priorities include innovative economic development, keeping public lands public, and health and human services.  She is passionate about Montana and will listen to and represent the concerns of her community. Melissa faces Rep. Keith Regier who averaged an abysmal MCV rating of 6 percent in four legislative sessions. Regier opposed the CSKT Water Compact, Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard, clean water protections, and efforts to keep public lands public.

    Melissa Hartman for Montana's Senate District 3

    Contact:

    P.O. Box Box 1541
    Whitefish, MT 59937

    Website

    District: Senate District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 4 Years

    Carolyn Pease-Lopez

    Carolyn Pease-Lopez

    Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez is running for SD21 that stretches from Billings to Broadus and includes the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations. A proven leader, Carolyn served as the Democratic Caucus Chair during the 2015 session and is an advocate on social justice issues. Her opponent is Jason Small, a harsh critic of the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution emissions.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 21

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 95%

    Jen Gross

    Jen Gross

    Jen Gross, running in SD25, is a Billings native and will bring years of experience working with and advocating for women, families and children to the Senate. Once elected, Jen will be an advocate for women and families in their private health care decisions, protecting working families & small businesses, keeping Montana rivers and streams clean and accessible, and providing access to quality education for all. Jen was appointed to replace former Senator Robyn Driscoll after Robyn’s appointment to the Yellowstone County Commission. Jen’s opponent is Donna Huston.

    Jen Gross for Montana

    Contact:

    Website

    District: Senate District 25

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    Margie MacDonald

    Margie MacDonald

    Rep. Margie MacDonald is running for SD26, comprising much of Billings south side corridor. She is the House Minority Whip, a longtime community advocate, and a champion on clean energy and environmental issues with a perfect 100 MCV rating in four sessions. Margie is a regional organizer at the Western Organization of Resource Councils, the former executive director of the Montana Association of Churches, and former staff director of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Margie faces former Rep. Don Roberts.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 26

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    Senator Mike Phillips, running for SD31, has averaged a 92 percent MCV rating during 5 sessions in the legislature. An outspoken leader on climate change, Mike has also led the charge on expanding Montana’s net metering laws allowing homeowners and businesses to install clean, renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar panel, wind turbines, or micro-hydropower. Mike is unopposed for re-election.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 31

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 92%

    Hal Jacobson

    Hal Jacobson

    Former Rep. Hal Jacobson is running for SD40 which extends from western Helena through northern Powell County and Lincoln. During four sessions in the state House, Hal earned a 93 percent MCV rating while voting to create Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard. Hal also has been a leader on voter rights and voter access issues helping to establish Election Day voter registration, expand access to early voting, and banning the infamous punch-card ballots. Hal is a longtime member of the American Federation of Musicians Local #642. Hal faces Terry Gauthier in November.

    Contact:

    4813 Hwy. 12 W
    Helena, MT 59601

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 40

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 94%

    Dick Barrett

    Dick Barrett

    Senator Dick Barrett, running for re-election in SD45, is a retired economics professor at the University of Montana. During five sessions in the legislature, Dick has earned a perfect 100 percent MCV voting record while establishing himself as a leader on conservation issues. He is opposed by Sashin Hume.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 45

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Sue Malek

    Sue Malek

    Senator Sue Malek is running for re-election in SD46 after earning a perfect 100 percent MCV voting rating over four sessions in the legislature. She works at the University of Montana, where she helps Montana’s students graduate high school and college. She is opposed by Adam Pummill.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: Senate District 46

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Tom France

    Tom France

    Tom France, running in SD47, is a longtime conservation advocate with the National Wildlife Federation for the last 35 years. He’s running with a focus on fighting for a strong public education system from pre-K through our colleges and universities as well as keeping public lands in public hands and a lean, effective state government. Tom faces Rep. Dan Salomon who earned a mere 15 percent MCV average during three sessions in the House.

    Tom France for SD47

    Contact:

    PO Box 162
    Arlee, MT 59821

    406-721-8330

    Website

    District: Senate District 47

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 4 Years

    Zac Perry

    Zac Perry

    Rep. Zac Perry, running for re-election in HD3 that includes Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse, surprised everyone in 2014 by winning this difficult seat after running two previous times. An MCV member who voted to defend public lands and water quality in his first session, Zac proved to be a strong ally on conservation issues. Zac is opposed by Republican Taylor Rose. Rose worked as the reading clerk for the Senate in 2015 where he Tweeted from the Senate floor that passage of the CSKT Water Compact was a “great tragedy.” Rose has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a former vice-president of the now-defunct Youth for Western Civilization white nationalist group.

    Zac Perry for House District 3

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 73%

    Lynn Stanley

    Lynn Stanley

    Lynn Stanley, running for HD7, is retired from the publishing industry and a former co-chair of Citizens for a Better Flathead. She believes we must reduce income inequality, further improve healthcare access and affordability, and continue to shape and fund public schools and job training programs that adequately prepare kids for the future and equip adults with tools for making a decent living. Lynn is running against Rep. Frank Garner who had a terrible 7 percent MCV rating in his first session including opposing the CSKT Water Compact, Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard, clean water protections, and keeping public lands in public hands.

    Lynn Stanley for HD8

    Contact:

    838 2nd Ave. E.
    Kalispell, MT 59901

    Website

    District: House District 8

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Steve Levin

    Term: 2 Years

    Amy Rapp

    Amy Rapp

    Amy Rapp, running in HD20, is a small business owner, outdoor enthusiast, and Montana Ambassador. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and 25 years of diverse business experience, she has the savvy needed to shape a strong small business climate and foster sustainable economic development in Montana. With family roots in Neihart, Amy loves the outdoor life; from skiing at Showdown to kayaking down the Missouri River; from taking long walks along the River’s Edge Trail to exploring and taking photos in Montana’s Glacier Park. She has a great appreciation for Montana’s wide-open spaces and am committed to preserving Montanans’ access to our public lands. Amy’s opponent is Fred Anderson, principle at North Middle School.

    Amy Rapp - HD20

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 20

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Jean Price

    Jean Price

    Rep. Jean Price, running in HD24, is an artist and retired teacher from Great Falls Public Schools. In her three terms in the House, Jean has averaged a 98 percent MCV voting record. She worked at Great Falls High School and served as an adjunct art-faculty member at the University of Great Falls and Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology. Currently, Jean is the director of the Urban Art Project. She is opposed by Fred Anderson. To help Jean, e-mail her at Jeanbigskybigwin@gmail.com.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 24

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 98

    Garrett Lankford

    Garrett Lankford

    Garrett Lankford, running for HD25, is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, graduate of CMR High, and has advocated for students at Montana State University during the legislature. He’s a fierce opponent of the sale of federal public lands and promises to oppose any such proposal. In addition, he’ll be a strong voice for social justice issues including voting rights as a state legislator. At home, he wants to redirect some of the growth and economic opportunities flowing into Missoula and Bozeman to Great Falls.

    Garrett Lankford for Montana

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 25

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Jacob Bachmeier, running for HD28 in Havre, was born with politics in his blood with his grandfather Charles Manuel who served as speaker pro tempore in the Montana House of Representatives. Jacob’s top priorities as a legislator will be to pass an infrastructure bill as well as strengthening public education and protecting Montana’s public lands. At age 18, Jacob will likely be the youngest legislator once he wins. He is running against first-term Rep. Stephanie Hess who scored a dismal 27 percent in 2015 while voting to gut the Renewable Energy Standard, against Montana’s public lands, and against clean water protections.

    Bachmeier for State Rep.

    Contact:

    406.879.6427

    Website

    District: House District 28

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Stephanie Hess

    Term: 2 Years

    Kari Boiter

    Kari Boiter

    Kari Boiter, running for HD44 in Billings, is an advocate for patients and a track record on human rights. She wants to protect Montana’s natural resources be a voice for hard-working Montanans. She’s challenging Rep. Dale Mortensen who voted against clean, renewable energy and public lands to score a dismal 13 percent MCV voting rating.

    Kari Boiter for Montana House District 44

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 44

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Dale Mortensen

    Term: 2 Years

    Kathy Kelker

    Kathy Kelker

    Rep. Kathy Kelker, running for HD47 in Billings, is the former executive director of the Billings Head Start program, a long-time school board member, active church member, and an advocate for children and low income people. Her experience and support for conservation issues served us well in Helena. In her first session, Kathy earned a 93 percent score from MCV! Kathy’s opponent is Jason Lee Thomas.

    Kathy Kelker for State Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 20301
    Billings, MT 59104-1535

    406.698.5610

    Website

    District: House District 47

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 93%

    Jessica Karjala

    Jessica Karjala

    Rep. Jessica Karjala, running for HD48 in Billings, runs her own business as a consultant for the non-profit sector. She raised her children to share a passion for skiing, hiking, camping and enjoying the incredible beauty of Montana. In her first session, Jessica scored a perfect 100 percent score during the 2015 session with MCV! Jessica’s opponent is Robert Saunders.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 48

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Kelly McCarthy

    Kelly McCarthy

    Rep. Kelly McCarthy, running in HD49 in Billings, has averaged a 90 percent MCV rating in two terms in the House. He joined the Air Force as a young man in 1985, and spent most of the next 23 years working for various intelligence agencies. Kelly has been working in the banking industry to improve financial services to the underserved. He serves on the board of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District, working to promote brownfield investments and urban renewal in blighted areas. Kelly’s opponent is Brian Kenat who works for the American Lands Council, an organization calling for the privatization of all public lands leaving them vulnerable to development and cutting off access to the public.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 49

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 90%

    Virginia Court

    Virginia Court

    Rep. Virginia Court is running for re-election in HD50 in Billings. Virginia is a past chair of MCV’s Board of Directors and served as a board member of the Billings Library Board. She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Biological Services and subsequently worked as a naturalist for the National Park Service, which made her aware of wisely developing and maintaining the quality of life in Montana. In the legislature she has served as vice-chair of the Natural Resource Committee and earned a 100 percent MCV score during each of her three terms. Her opponent is Kerri Seekins-Crowe who was defeated by MCV-endorsed Brent Cromley for city council in 2015.

    Virginia Court for State Legislature

    Contact:

    18 Leatherwood Lane
    Billings, MT 59102

    Website

    District: House District 50

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Shoots Veis

    Shoots Veis

    Shoots Veis, running for HD51 in Billings, is a senior project engineer for Interstate Engineering and former member of the Billings City Council. He plans to bring that background to the legislature to bring critically need infrastructure funding to Montana. Another priority will be protecting Montana’s clean air and water for future generations, especially his own two children. Shoots faces Adam Rosendale, son of current Senate Majority Leader Matt Rosendale, in the General election.

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 51

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Chris Goodridge

    Chris Goodridge

    Chris Goodridge, running in HD52, Billings, is a Certified Transportation Broker for a freight broker in Billings, where he also grew up. Chris is committed to preserving access to public lands as well as the clean air, land, and water we all love in Montana. Chris’ opponent in this open seat race is Jimmy Patelis.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 52

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Laurie Bishop

    Laurie Bishop

    Laurie Bishop is running for HD60 in Livingston against freshman Rep. Debra Lamm. Laurie is a Graduation Matters Coach through the Office of Public Instruction, a program that focuses on getting more students to graduate high school. Laurie has lived in Livingston for 20 years and been a business owner, board and committee member, non-profit leader and parent. Laurie is committed to the public lands and waterways that support her community’s economy and the passions of its residents. Lamm earned a 33 percent MCV rating in her first term in the state House.

    Laurie Bishop for Montana

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 60

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Debra Lamm

    Term: 2 Years

    Jim Hamilton

    Jim Hamilton

    Jim Hamilton is running in an open seat race for HD61. Jim has served as vice-president of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club, and volunteer firefighter for the Fort Ellis district. He currently works as a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments. Jim faces Republican Neal Ganser and Libertarian Francis Wendt in November.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 61

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Tom Woods

    Tom Woods

    Rep. Tom Woods, running for HD62 in Bozeman, scored a 100 percent with MCV scorecard in each of his two sessions. Tom is a professor at Montana State University, where he teaches cellular biology. He led trips as a guide into the greater Yellowstone area, sharing Montana’s abundant wildlife and backcountry with visitors from all over the world and met his wife of 22 years, Katie, while working at Yellowstone. Tom is running unopposed for re-election.

    Tom Woods for Montana

    Contact:

    PO Box 627
    Bozeman, MT 59771

    Website

    District: House District 62

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Zach Brown

    Zach Brown

    Rep. Zach Brown, running in HD63 in Bozeman, is campaigning to strengthen our public education system, promote efficient government through investment in energy conservation, support small business, and protect Montana’s outdoor heritage. Zach works for One Montana, a nonprofit bringing together urban and rural communities to find common ground including on issues such as water shortages. Zach earned a 100 percent MCV score during his first session in 2015. Zach’s opponent is Jim King.

    Zach Brown for Montana

    Contact:

    601 S. Tracy
    Bozeman, MT 59715

    Website

    District: House District 63

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Chase Ellison

    Chase Ellison

    Chase Ellison is running for HD64 which includes all of southern Gallatin County including Gallatin Gateway and West Yellowstone. Chase has worked for the National Park Service as a backcountry ranger and is currently a business consultant. Chase is running Rep. Kerry White who has an average MCV score of 10 in two sessions. White is a leading advocate for the transfer or sell-off of public lands to states or private landowners.

    Contact:

    E-mail

    District: House District 64

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Kerry White

    Term: 2 Years

    Chris Pope

    Chris Pope

    Rep. Chris Pope is running for HD65 in Bozeman. Chris knows that clean water and air, our wild lands, pristine rivers, and public lands are an essential part of Montana’s heritage and economy. His perfect 100 percent MCV score in his first session reflects those beliefs. He is a former chair of the Eagle Mount, an organization providing rehabilitative outdoor recreation for children with disabilities, and a founding board member of the Yellowstone Business Partnership. Chris’ opponent is Jon Knokey who Chris defeated in 2014.

    Chris Pope for House District 65

    Contact:

    PO Box 6546
    Bozeman, MT 59771

    406.581.8739

    District: House District 65

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Denise Hayman

    Denise Hayman

    Rep. Denise Hayman is running for HD66 in Bozeman. A former member of the Bozeman School Board, she now serves on the board of directors for the Bozeman Schools Foundation. Denise has been a board member of Montanans Against Toxic Burning and is a past president of the Gallatin Valley Wilderness Association. Denise is running unopposed for re-election after earning a perfect 100 percent MCV score in her first session.

    Denise Hayman for House District 66

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 66

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Jenny Eck

    Jenny Eck

    Rep. Jenny Eck is running for HD79 in Helena and has earned 100 percent MCV ratings in each of her three sessions while serving as a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She is interested in mental illness issues, is also interested in increasing Montana’s RPS requirement, and serves in leadership as a Minority Whip. Jenny is running unopposed for re-election.

    Jenny Eck for HD 79

    Contact:

    PO Box 1206
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: House District 79

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Janet Ellis

    Janet Ellis

    Rep. Janet Ellis of Helena is running for re-election in HD81 after earning a perfect 100 percent rating from MCV in her first session. Janet has been a strong, effective voice for conservation and environmental protection for the last 30 years, working as the Program Director (and founding staff person) of Montana Audubon. Janet is considered one of the most effective policy advocates for our clean water, fish and wildlife – and birds – in the legislature. Janet is running unopposed for re-election.

    Janet Ellis for State Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 385
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: House District 81

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Moffie Funk

    Moffie Funk

    Rep. Moffie Funk, Helena, is running in HD82 after scoring a brilliant 93 percent from MCV in her first session. A teacher at Montana City School, Moffie has been encouraging her fellow teachers and students to recycle and compost at the school. Her focus has always been what she believes are the cornerstones of her community – Education, Employment, and Environment. Moffie is running unopposed for re-election.

    Funk for Montana

    Contact:

    PO Box 925
    Helena, MT 59624

    District: House District 82

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 93%

    Kim Abbott

    Kim Abbott

    Kim Abbott, running for HD83, is the co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network. Working with legislators during the 2015 session, Kim advocated for passage of the CSKT Water Compact, reform of the oil & gas tax holiday, and other key social justice issues. Kim was key in passage of Medicaid expansion. Kim faces Bob Leach in the general election.

    Kim Abbott for Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 1752
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: House District 83

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell is running for HD84 in Helena in a rematch against former-Rep. Steve Gibson who earned an average MCV voting score of 29 percent in two sessions. In her first session, Mary Ann scored a perfect 100 percent with MCV. Mary Ann worked at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, Department of Environmental Quality and currently works at the Department of Revenue. At MDEQ, Mary Ann played a significant role in the state’s work to help local landowners recover from Exxon Mobil’s pipeline oil spill in the Yellowstone River in 2011.

    District: House District 84

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Nate McConnell

    Nate McConnell

    Rep. Nate McConnell is running for HD89 in Missoula after scoring a perfect 100 percent with MCV in his first session. Nate is a solo attorney focusing mainly on labor and employment law but also takes human rights discrimination and criminal defense cases. He has a master’s degree in Environmental History. Among others, he is a member of Trout Unlimited and the Clark Fork Coalition. Nate’s opponent is Alex Krigsvold.

    Nate McConnell for House District 89

    Contact:

    PO Box 8511
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.214.2445

    Website

    District: House District 89

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Ellie Hill Smith

    Ellie Hill Smith

    Rep. Ellie Hill Smith is running for HD90 in Missoula where she’s earned a perfect 100 percent MCV score during three sessions. She is a member of MCV, an attorney and advocate. Her record of service includes work as the former Executive Director of the Poverello Center, and volunteer leadership with the Missoula Chapter of the New Leaders Council, and the national Vice President for the Young Democrats of America. Ellie’s opponent is Bill Murray.

    Ellie Hill Smith for HD90

    Contact:

    501 Daly Avenue
    Missoula, MT 59801

    406.218.9608

    Website

    District: House District 90

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Bryce Bennett

    Bryce Bennett

    Rep. Bryce Bennett is running for HD91 in Missoula where he’s earned a perfect 100 percent MCV score during three sessions. Bryce is the Executive Director of MontPIRG and previously worked for Forward Montana, an organization he helped found. He’s an outspoken advocate for clean, renewable energy, clean water and wild country. A member of the State Administration Committee, Bryce is an outspoken advocate for voter rights and access. Bryce is running unopposed for re-election.

    Bryce Bennett for HD91

    Contact:

    PO Box 9062
    Missoula, MT 59807

    Website

    District: House District 91

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Addrien Marx

    Addrien Marx

    Addrien Marx, running in HD92, is a longtime businesswoman and resident of Seeley Lake. In addition to her family, backpacking and hiking the wild lands of Montana and skate skiing are her favorite pastimes. She is motivated to preserve our State’s heritage and values from better wage and job opportunities to our outdoor heritage to top-notch education and affordable health care. Addrien faces Mike Hopkins in November who has said he supports the transfer of federal lands to the state, an out-of-touch scheme that will cost Montana taxpayers millions of dollars.

    Addiren Marx for House District 92

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 92

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    John Fleming

    John Fleming

    Former Rep. John Fleming, running for HD93, looks to return to the House after serving in the 2009 legislature when he earned a 91 percent MCV rating. John, a retired teacher from St. Ignatius, voted against a bill gutting the Montana Environmental Policy Act and stood up for clean water, the Renewable Energy Standard, and energy efficiency during a difficult 2009 session for conservation issues. John will face Johanna Clark in the General election who is a strong opponent of the CSKT Water Compact.

    John Fleming for House District 93

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 93

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 91%

    Kim Dudik

    Kim Dudik

    Rep. Kim Dudik, running for HD94 in Missoula, has an average MCV score of 96 during two sessions in the House. She believes we need to work to protect the environment so that our children may enjoy the same wonderful environment and outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing, that we have. Kim knows that we must conserve our lands and preserve access to our lands and rivers. She also knows that global climate change is a proven scientific fact that we need to address through our policies and legislation in order to maintain the natural beauty and resources that make Montana so special. Kim’s opponent is Lance Cox.

    Kim Dudik for HD94

    Contact:

    PO Box 16712
    Missoula, MT 59808

    Website

    District: House District 94

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 96%

    Shane Morigeau

    Shane Morigeau

    Shane Morigeau, running for HD95, works for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and was key to passing the CSKT Water Compact during the 2015 session. A graduate of the University of Montana, Shane was born in Missoula but also spent time on the Flathead Reservation growing up. Shane faces Cyndi Kenck in the General election.

    Shane Morigeau for House District 95

    Contact:

    PO Box 7552
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.546.4290

    Website

    District: House District 95

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Andrew Person

    Andrew Person

    Rep. Andrew Person is running for HD96 in Missoula after scoring an 87 percent with MCV in his first session. Andrew served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and is a recent graduate of the University of Montana Law School. He was awarded the Distinguished Patriot’s Medal by the Montana National Guard for work he championed as Sen. Max Baucus’ military liaison. Andrew’s opponent is former Missoula City Councilmember Adam Hertz.

    Andrew Person for Legislature

    Contact:

    PO Box 8452
    Missoula, MT

    406.210.0161

    Website

    District: House District 96

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 87%

    Nick Davis

    Nick Davis

    Nick Davis, running for HD97, is a writer and film producer. He’s running to protect public lands and improve access to those lands, defend the public school system, and work to create jobs in the digital age. Nick is running against Rep. Brad Tschida who earned an MCV rating of only 20 percent in his first legislative session in 2015.

    Nick Davis for House District 97

    Contact:

    406-370-3405

    Website

    District: House District 97

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Brad Tschida

    Term: 2 Years

    Willis Curdy

    Willis Curdy

    Rep. Willis Curdy, running in HD98 in Missoula, is a former high school social studies teacher and runs Curdy Cattle Company. During his first session in 2015, Willis earned a perfect 100 percent MCV score. He is committed to protecting our clean air and water as well as expanding access to Montana’s public lands. He opposes efforts to overturn Montana’s stream access laws and is a great conservation voice in the House. Willis faces Michael Ellsworth in the General election.

    Wilis Curdy for HD98

    Contact:

    11280 Kona Ranch Road
    Missoula, MT 59804

    Website

    District: House District 98

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Andrea Olsen

    Andrea Olsen

    Rep. Andrea Olsen took representing HD100 to a new level when she scored a perfect 100 percent MCV rating in her first session. Andrea consistently communicated and asked thoughtful questions on important conservation issues. Andrea’s opponent is Rep. Doc Moore who currently represents HD92. Moore carried the bill in 2015 to ban yoga pants and averaged a 13 percent MCV rating in two sessions.

    Contact:

    Website

    District: House District 100

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Mike McGrath

    Mike McGrath

    Chief Justice Mike McGrath was a Montana Assistant Attorney General from 1977 to 1982. He was elected to five terms as Lewis and Clark County Attorney beginning in 1983. He was elected to two terms as Montana Attorney General. As Chief Justice, McGrath has ruled for Montana’s stream access law and Corrupt Practices Act, Montana’s 100-year-old campaign finance law that was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court leading to a massive flow of dark money into Montana elections. This is Mike’s first re-election for Chief Justice and he is running unopposed.

    McGrath for Chief Justice

    Contact:

    PO Box 1662
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: Supreme Court Chief Justice

    Party: Non-partisan

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 8 Years

    Dirk Sandefur

    Dirk Sandefur

    Judge Dirk Sandefur is running for seat #3 on the Montana Supreme Court being vacated by the retirement of Justice Pat Cotter. Sandefur strongly believes in the importance of protecting Montana’s clean air, water, and public lands that are essential to the preservation of our unique environmental gifts and quality of life. He also understands the importance in the rule of law and a fair, impartial even playing field for all.

    Sandefur has served the last 13 years as a district judge for the 8th Judicial District Court in Great Falls. Prior to that, Sandefur served eight years as Cascade Deputy County Attorney, a public defender, as a police officer for the City of Havre, and in private practice. Sandefur has been endorsed for the Supreme Court by every retired Supreme Court justice.

    Sandefur faces UM Law Professor and Great Falls attorney Kirstin Juras. Juras violated University of Montana policies when she issued a report advocating for special tax breaks for Bresnan Communications. To learn more about Sandefur and how you can help him, visit sandefurforjustice.com!

    Sandefur for Justice

    Contact:

    PO Box 1932
    Great Falls, MT 59403

    Website

    District: Supreme Court Seat #3

    Party: Non-partisan

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 8 Years

    Jim Shea

    Jim Shea

    Justice Jim Shea was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court by Governor Bullock in 2014 to fill the vacancy of Brian Morris after his confirmation as a U.S. District Court Judge. Prior to his appointment, Shea served nine years on the Workers’ Compensation Court. Shea has also worked in private practice and was a law clerk to Judge Paul Hatfield after graduating law school from the University of Montana. Shea is running for the remainder of Morris’ term which runs through 2020; he is unopposed for election.

    Shea for Justice

    Contact:

    PO Box 1183
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: Supreme Court Seat #6

    Party: Non-partisan

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 8 Years

    Steve Bullock

    Steve Bullock

    Governor Steve Bullock was elected governor in 2012 after serving four years as attorney general. As attorney general, Bullock fought for Montana’s outdoor heritage and fair elections by challenging Citizens United to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has continued his efforts as Governor as a champion of public lands, renewable energy, and outdoor heritage. During the 2015 Legislature, Bullock vetoed an attack on Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard and worked hard to pass the CSKT Water Compact and Sage Grouse Management Plan.

    Bullock faces New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte in the November election. Gianforte has already said he wants to put an industry lobbyist in charge of the Department of Environmental Quality and said he’s thinks the State of Montana should manage federal lands in the state. Such an idea would saddle Montanans with millions of dollars in new state costs.

    To find out how to help Steve, visit his website at stevebullock.com!

    Bullock-Cooney for Montana

    Contact:

    PO Box 1330
    Helena, MT 59624

    E-mail

    District: Statewide/Land Board

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 4 Years

    Monica Lindeen

    Monica Lindeen

    Monica Lindeen is the current State Auditor and a former state representative from Huntley. During her four sessions in the state House, Monica served as Minority Whip and was a leader in creating Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard, Election Day voter registration, and expanding early voting. As Auditor, Monica has expanded healthcare coverage to thousands of Montanans and has seen the impact climate change is having on the insurance industry. Insurers are less likely to cover areas they know will be impacted by climate change and Monica has worked to expand that dialog throughout the country and with other countries.

    As our next Secretary of State, Monica will continue to work to expand voter rights and voter access to the polls and continue to serve as a voice to protect public lands as a member of the Land Board.

    Monica faces former state Senator and frequent statewide candidate Corey Stapleton in November. During four terms in the Senate, Corey averaged a dismal 9 percent MCV rating. He voted to gut the Montana Environmental Policy Act in 2007 and against permanent re-authorization of Habitat Montana which opens access to public lands. Corey unsuccessfully ran for governor and U.S. House.

    Lindeen for Secretary of State

    Contact:

    PO Box 1307
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: Statewide/Land Board

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 82% as a state legislator

    Jesse Laslovich

    Jesse Laslovich

    Jesse Laslovich is the current Chief Counsel to the State Auditor and a former state legislator from Anaconda. As a legislator, Jesse supported creating Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard, expanding voter rights and voter access, and sponsored legislation to expand energy efficiency tax credits that passed the Senate. As Chief Counsel in the Auditor’s office, Jesse has led efforts to uncover fraudulent Ponzi schemes that bilk Montanans out of their hard earned money.

    Jesse faces state Senator Matt Rosendale who earned a dismal 6 percent MCV rating during three sessions in the legislature. In 2014, Rosendale finished third in a five-way primary for the U.S. House after loaning himself over $1 million.

    Laslovich for State Auditor

    Contact:

    PO Box 1118
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: Statewide/Land Board

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 86% as a state legislator

    Melissa Romano

    Melissa Romano

    Melissa Romano is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction while still teaching fourth grade at Four Georgians Elementary School in Helena. A recipient of the 2012 National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Melissa understands Montana’s public education system. In addition to the superintendent’s role in public education, the superintendent also sits on the state Land Board. Melissa’s opponent, state Senator Elsie Arntzen, averaged an MCV rating of 13 percent over six legislative sessions and only a 23 percent with MEA-MFT in 2015.

    Romano for Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Contact:

    PO Box 6312
    Helena, MT 59604

    406.396.2465

    Website

    District: Statewide/Land Board

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    Denise Juneau

    Denise Juneau

    Superintendent Denise Juneau is running for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, Juneau would be the first American Indian woman ever elected to the House. During her tenure as superintendent, she has increased graduation rates and expanded college and career readiness opportunities. As a member of the state Land Board, Juneau was the only member to vote against leasing the Otter Creek Coal Tracts. Earlier this year, the bankrupt holder of that lease, Arch Coal, suspended its application and announced the closure of operations in Montana due to a lack of, “capital and resources.”

    In contrast, current Representative Ryan Zinke received an abysmal score of 3 percent in the 2015 LCV National Environmental Scorecard. To find out how you can help Denise, visit her website at denisejuneau.com.

    Denise Juneau for Congress

    Contact:

    Denise Juneau for Congress
    PO Box 563
    Helena, MT 59624

    Website

    District: U.S. House

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke

    Term: 2 Years