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Gianforte deserves support from citizens

Montana is a great place to live and raise a family. Our state has been shaped into a better place by people born and raised here as well as people who came here from other places. In order to grow Montana into a better place you have to have people who are willing to create jobs and make our communities better places.

Greg Gianforte is running for governor in Montana to create jobs and make our communities even better places to live. Greg has lived in Montana for 21 years and first came here over 40 years ago but this hasn’t stopped the continuous cries that he isn’t welcome here and that he should go back to where he came from. How long does it take for people to consider you a citizen?

These comments are offensive to thousands of Montana citizens who have made our state a better place to live and who have raised their families here. When the Democrats say these things about Greg, people who came here from other states think the Democrats are talking about them as well. Do the Democrats think everyone who wasn’t born in Montana needs to go elsewhere?

— Jacob Haman, Great Falls

Vote Steketee for state House District 75

Sabrina Steketee, a Democrat, is running for election to represent HD 75, which covers much of Jefferson County. A resident of Jefferson County for much of her life, Steketee is not only very knowledgeable about the county’s needs and issues, she has made her commitment to Jefferson County and its citizens evident especially by her service on local and state school boards. She has also served in local chambers of commerce and economic development groups as well as in other community organizations. A business owner herself and the mother of two children, she has earned a diversity of viewpoints.

I would be delighted to be one of Sabrina Steketee’s constituents but life events required me to sell my Jefferson County property. If enough Jefferson County folks perceive how well Sabrina Steketee would serve all Montana, I’ll be one of her constituents, too.

— Charlotte Trolinger, Helena

Ternes-Daniels best choice for Anaconda

I moved over the mountain from Anaconda to Philipsburg a few years ago but I still consider Anaconda my adopted home.  The community has struggled through tough times and has fared well. I strongly feel good things are heading its way. I would like to see continued growth in the energy sector as all the infrastructure is in place.

I was elected to two terms as a County Commissioner in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County and worked with other elected officials, dedicated ADLC staff and concerned citizen to ensure the county was headed in the right direction.

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One of those dedicated people is Connie Ternes-Daniels.  I worked with Connie when she was both the planning director and the chief executive.  While we didn't always agree on the process we always knew the outcome would be what was best for ADLC.  

Connie was the primary person who wrote successful grants for the Opportunity Park, courthouse historic renovation, historic street lights and many other successful projects.  I lobbied with her for Natural Resource Damage grants totaling over $18 million in waterline distribution projects.  As planning director, she led the way keeping a private bridge from being built across our beloved Big Hole River.  

I know of no one more qualified, passionate or dedicated to serve the chief executive of Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.

— Mark Sweeney, Philipsburg, is a past two-term Anaconda-Deer Lodge County commissioner

 

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