Archive for January 26th, 2008

by Pete Talbot

There are about a half-dozen contested races, so far, for the Montana Legislature. The filing began Tuesday and ends Thursday, March 20. The secretary of state’s office updates the list online, daily.

In our neck of the woods, there is a state senate primary, which Matt covered over at LiTW.

But the one that really caught my eye was HD 100. It is currently held by Republican Bill Nooney and he has filed to run again.

But good news! A fellow named Gary Brown has filed as a Democrat. I don’t know much about him; whether he was recruited by the party, by concerned constituents or that he signed on out of a sense of obligation to the district.

What I’ve learned is he’s retired from the U.S. Forest Service and on the board of the National Museum of Forest Service History. The museum is planned for Missoula, out by the airport.

A quick Google shows that Brown testified at the last legislature on HB 753, Rep. Betsy Hands’ bill to curb global warming. He was with the good guys (M.E.I.C., Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Water Trust, Montana Audubon, Northern Plains Resource Council, etc., etc.).

The other side was comprised of the Montana Coal Council, Montana Petroleum Association, Rio Tinto Energy, and their ilk.

The bill lost in a 46-46 tie. The entire Missoula delegation voted for the bill except Nooney.

The Republican Party needs Nooney and will put resources into this race, but he can be beat. Gary Brown needs our support. 4&20 will keep you updated.

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