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MILES CITY’S VOICE in HELENA

My promise to every citizen in Miles City: I will always vote for Miles City. Too often, Miles City’s interests are not prioritized in Helena. Regardless of political party, my vote will always be for projects, funding, services, and infrastructure that serve the people of HD38.

EDUCATION and LABOR

Young people are Montana’s most valuable asset — investing in our young people and their educational institutions builds stronger communities, healthier tax bases, and better futures. Our public schools and Miles Community College are cornerstones of this community. I strongly support the 6 Mill Levy for continued higher education funding as well as adequate state and local funding for our city and rural school districts. I was proud to receive the full endorsement of the MT Federation of Public Employees (MFPE/MEA-MFT) and the Montana AFL-CIO endorsement. I strongly advocate for a living wage in Miles City.

ECONOMY

Recognizing and supporting Miles City as a regional hub in Southeastern Montana is crucial to sustain our current standard of living. Not only must we invest in our strengths, we should also be open to new and growing innovations. Miles City must be proactive on the statewide stage to attract previously undervalued projects and enterprises. There is fertile ground here to nurture emerging business opportunities — armed with my degree in business and extensive experience, I am ready for Miles City’s growth.

FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT

The Montana Legislature should honor First Responders in this state by supporting a fire fighter healthcare bill that contains lung disease coverage. 45 other states already have this on the books. In 2017 this bill was defeated, again (and Miles City’s representation voted NO on this crucial bill). I look forward to supporting and voting *FOR* this important piece of legislation in the 2019 Session. Take a moment and read up on why this bill and coverage is so crucial for our Montana firefighters, both wild land and city fires.

Why this is important to Wildland Firefighters: https://wildfiretoday.com/2017/03/17/montana-legislature-rejects-firefighter-health-bill/

Why this is important to City Fire Departments:
https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2017/05/25/firefighters-continue-16-year-battle-achieve-lung-disease-coverage/343143001/

SUPPORT for MILES CITY SCHOOLS and STUDENT SAFETY

The following editorial was printed in full by the Miles City Star on Tuesday, September 25th. It sums up my positions on actions we should take toward improving our student safety in public schools.

First, to the survivors :
Thank you.
Thank you for coming forward.
Thank you for taking the steps to help protect future athletes and students.
Thank you for your courage and determination.
Thank you for making Miles City safer and stronger.

Second, to the former students or athletes from CCDHS:
You are not alone.
There is support and help available.
MilesCityAbuseVictims.com is confidential.
Please seek help if you need it.
Reach out to one another; don’t leave a single Cowboy or Cowgirl behind.

Third, to our current school board and all of Miles City:
We don’t have to wait for this lawsuit to play out in the court system to make real change to our school policies. Whether it’s authoring or co-sponsoring this legislation in 2019, I commit to the Miles City of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

I fully support the following policies as recommended by the lawsuit:

— Athletic trainers must possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a professional athletic training education program and pass a test administered by the Board of Certification. Sports physicals would have to be administered by a medical doctor. This tragedy might have been avoided if we started by demanding certified and licensed professionals in this role.

— The district must annually “arrange and provide appropriate training for identifying and reporting instances of sexual, physical or psychological abuse or suspected abuse.”

— The district must implement policies prohibiting leaving students alone with faculty members while “in a nude or partially clothed state” and requiring district employees to avoid being alone with any student outside school grounds or activities.

— No staff offices at the school can have a view of students while showering or changing clothes.

— The district must post signage in all locker rooms encouraging students to report abuse or suspected abuse to the principal’s office.

The above policies will protect CCDHS students into the future.

I look forward to working with our local school board to ensure that additional protective policies are in place for all grade levels, not just high school students and athletics. Our school board needs everyone’s support, not just our elected officials’. Show up, be present, and lend a hand to make these changes.

Miles City has an opportunity to do better, to lead in student safety, and to support all survivors whether or not they have chosen to come forward.

This is a difficult topic to talk about, but my household is having that conversation. Take the time to talk to your children about body autonomy, consent, and their right to privacy. Start that conversation today. Miles City is fortunate to have licensed, local counselors available. And there are books on consent and safety available at the public library to share with your family for all ages/developmental levels.

My campaign and my family stand with the survivors: you were brave enough to speak out. Now we must be brave and take action.

I hope to earn your vote on NOVEMBER 6th, 2018!

CLICK HERE to examine my opponent’s voting record from the 2015 and 2017 Legislative sessions. These votes motivated me to run for the State Legislature to work for Miles City. We deserve representation who doesn’t table infrastructure bills (2015, 2017); who votes for grants and funding that serve this city; who votes in support of local school funding; and who listens and responds to ALL Miles City constitutes, not just the ones who agree with her or him. I strongly encourage Miles City HD 38 residents to research these votes and make an informed decision for our community. 

Growth * Change * Now

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