Legislature

    Jen Gross

    Jen Gross

    Green Check Mark SymbolJen 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

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    District: Senate District 25

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    Margie MacDonald

    Margie MacDonald

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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.

     

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    District: Senate District 26

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator 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.

     

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    District: Senate District 31

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 92%

    Dick Barrett

    Dick Barrett

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator 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.

     

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    District: Senate District 45

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Sue Malek

    Sue Malek

    Green Check Mark SymbolSenator 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.

     

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    District: Senate District 46

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 4 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Zac Perry

    Zac Perry

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    District: House District 3

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 73%

    Dave Fern

    Dave Fern

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    Dave Fern for House District 5

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    District: House District 5

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Jean Price

    Jean Price

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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.

     

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    District: House District 24

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 98

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Jacob Bachmeier

    Green Check Mark SymbolJacob 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.

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    406.879.6427

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    District: House District 28

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Stephanie Hess

    Term: 2 Years

    Kathy Kelker

    Kathy Kelker

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 20301
    Billings, MT 59104-1535

    406.698.5610

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    District: House District 47

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 93%

    Jessica Karjala

    Jessica Karjala

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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.

     

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    District: House District 48

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Kelly McCarthy

    Kelly McCarthy

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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.

     

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    District: House District 49

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 90%

    Virginia Court

    Virginia Court

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    18 Leatherwood Lane
    Billings, MT 59102

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    District: House District 50

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Laurie Bishop

    Laurie Bishop

    Green Check Mark SymbolLaurie 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

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    District: House District 60

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running against Rep. Debra Lamm

    Term: 2 Years

    Jim Hamilton

    Jim Hamilton

    Green Check Mark SymbolJim 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.

     

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    District: House District 61

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Tom Woods

    Tom Woods

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 627
    Bozeman, MT 59771

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    District: House District 62

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Zach Brown

    Zach Brown

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    601 S. Tracy
    Bozeman, MT 59715

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    District: House District 63

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Denise Hayman

    Denise Hayman

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    District: House District 66

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Kathy Swanson

    Kathy Swanson

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    District: House District 77

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 89%

    Jenny Eck

    Jenny Eck

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. Jenny Eck is running for HD79 in Helena and has earned 100 percent MCV ratings in each of her two sessions while serving as a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She is interested in mental illness issues, is 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

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    PO Box 1206
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 79

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Janet Ellis

    Janet Ellis

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 385
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 81

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Moffie Funk

    Moffie Funk

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    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

    Green Check Mark SymbolKim 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

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    PO Box 1752
    Helena, MT 59624

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    District: House District 83

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Mary Ann Dunwell

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 8511
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.214.2445

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    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

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    501 Daly Avenue
    Missoula, MT 59801

    406.218.9608

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    District: House District 90

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Bryce Bennett

    Bryce Bennett

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 9062
    Missoula, MT 59807

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    District: House District 91

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running unopposed

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    John Fleming

    John Fleming

    Green Check Mark SymbolFormer 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

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    District: House District 93

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open seat

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 91%

    Kim Dudik

    Kim Dudik

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    PO Box 16712
    Missoula, MT 59808

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    District: House District 94

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 96%

    Shane Morigeau

    Shane Morigeau

    Green Check Mark SymbolShane 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

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    PO Box 7552
    Missoula, MT 59807

    406.546.4290

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    District: House District 95

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Willis Curdy

    Willis Curdy

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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

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    11280 Kona Ranch Road
    Missoula, MT 59804

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    District: House District 98

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%

    Marilyn Ryan

    Marilyn Ryan

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    Marilyn Ryan for House District 99

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    District: House District 99

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Open Seat

    Term: 2 Years

    Andrea Olsen

    Andrea Olsen

    Green Check Mark SymbolRep. 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.

     

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    District: House District 100

    Party: Democrat

    Incumbent Status: Running for re-election

    Term: 2 Years

    MCV Scorecard Rating: 100%