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
Helena

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Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 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, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.