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Supporting Bryher Herak

I support Bryher Herak for state Legislature in HD 75. Bryher (rhymes with "fire") is my sister and one of the most informed, compassionate, and hardworking people I know. Almost 20 years ago she left a successful career in Seattle (“Woman of the Year,” “Business of the Year”) to be near our brother George, a resident at Montana Developmental Center. While working as a mediator and running a business, Bryher spent hours with him each week for years.

Thanks to Bryher and MDC’s good work, George gained the skills necessary to move to a group home. At one point, when George became deathly ill, Bryher moved him into her house for months and nursed him back to health. When he returned home, he was calmer, more content, and more present than ever. George died peacefully in 2014, with his twin sister at his side.

I could tell dozens of stories about how Bryher “walks the walk,” and she always does so in ways that bring people together. When a friend developed Alzheimer’s, for example, Bryher and friends oversaw her care for two years, an intense time commitment.

“Civility, Community, Common Sense”—that’s Bryher’s campaign slogan. Add “kindness, commitment, and compassion”--that’s Bryher.

— Mary Sand, Missoula

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