Virtuous Ambition

To the Editor,

 Montanans' three political parties control access to the General Election ballot. Montanans can influence their parties by grassroots electing 3186 precinct persons in 56 counties. In 2014 no one filed for 2630, or 82%.  Of the 571 positions for which persons filed, only 54 were contested.  That small number of names was seen on the ballot by neighbors.
Each county committee quorum of representative, equal to 50% or more of precinct positions, can be a valuable forum for discussing and addressing issues. For those committees to reflect community sentiments upward, they must be filled with persons representing their neighbors. You can be appointed, as though your precincts person before you has died. Shouldn’t you instead welcome the opportunity to visit with your neighbors, or have them challenge you? Once in office for two years, you will be standing on your own feet on behalf of your friends and neighbors.
Drop by your County Clerk’s Office and file for precinct committee person in the party of your choice by the end of this candidate-filing period.

John Driscoll


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents' Day. It will reopen, Feb. 21.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
    Red Lodge Call to Action (RLCTA) meets the third week of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Honey's Cafe. Non-partisan and open to all, the purpose of the group is to empower our community to be effective activists on local, state and national issues. The next meeting will be Feb. 20.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.