Meet Dustin Hankinson, Democratic Primary Candidate for HD-91

a guestpost by Dustin Hankinson

Dustin Hankinson has graciously provided us with guest post, telling us a little about him and explaining his reasons for running for the Representative for State House District 91. Dustin Hankinson’s website can be found here. ~~Thanks Dustin…by jhwygirl

On this Memorial Day, I’d like to begin by saying that we are fortunate to have men and women committed to fighting for our freedoms. They are not free and those in uniform pay that price voluntarily. To them, I want to wish safety and the chance to come home to stay.

I was born in Superior where my family settled around a century or so. My grandma on the Hankinson side served as Mineral County Clerk of District Court for years before retiring in the 1990’s. My Aunt on the Hankinson side is a sitting Judge in Colorado. Civil service is a family tradition, one which we do not take lightly. Responsibility and accountability are foremost in our value set. If elected, I promise to be responsible with the trust of the people of House District 91, but I also promise to be accountable for every decision I make. Legislators should be available to everyone to explain why they voted a certain way or made a certain decision. The people should be foremost in all legislative work.

One of my main motivations for running for HD 91 is to return a certain set of principles to the Montana Legislature. I was principally raised by my grandma on my mother’s side. She was from a different era and she instilled an old-fashioned philosophy in me. First, speak honestly. Second, respect everyone, even people you disagree with. Third, be mindful and responsible. Admit when you’re wrong and be humble when right. These principles are my guides in life and this campaign.

I could lay out my entire resume here but ultimately what matters is whether I will do what’s right. Have I advocated before the Legislature for ten years? Yes. Have I written a bill and followed it through process? Yes. Have I always advocated for the rights of Montanans, even those who have
been trampled and minimized? Yes. The most important question of all to the people in HD 91 is will I do the same for you? Yes, I will. Even if I were the only person in the Capitol to take a certain position, if it was right for the people, I would stand and speak regardless of the consequences. It’s
what citizens of this place we all treasure deserve.

Before I end this, I want to give you some specific positions on issues. I think Montana should become a center for clean energy research and production. I did send a position letter out with the idea of a ban on all construction of new coal fired power plants. Just to clarify, there would be
exceptions in this bill but only for those proposals that could PROVE their plant would have negligible emissions and environmental impact. I think we need new revenue allocated to education every session until Montana students are among the best in the world. I think Montana needs to come up with new ways to generate revenue besides raising taxes on someone every two years and that revenue should then be leveraged to cover as many people with medical insurance as possible. Finally, I think our freedoms and civil liberties need protected more intensely than ever so that the independence that’s characteristic of Montanans can continue against the Federal tightening of policy that has been occurring.

Well, this is Dustin Hankinson as Democratic Candidate for HD 91. If you want Montana moving forward, if you want accountability from those you elect, if you want someone to begin to reverse the corporate coddling that’s wormed its way into Montana, then you want Dustin Hankinson as your
Representative in Helena. Finally, I would ask, no matter what your opinion or position is, that you please vote on Tuesday, June 3 and in the General Election in November. It’s our government so use the ballot to say your piece.

Thank you kindly.

  1. Thanks a lot for taking time to post here, Dustin!

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