Drew launches bid for State Legislature

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Anna Drew

Red Lodge resident, Anna Drew, recently launched her campaign for House District 58 that covers all of Carbon County. She filed to run as a Democrat for the county’s sole voice in the Montana House of Representatives.

“It’s simple: Carbon County residents work hard and deserve a hard-working representative. I know I can do that,” Drew said. She understands the value of hard work, both through the example her parents set as she was growing up in Billings and through her own experience in always working more than one job to make ends meet on top of volunteering in her community.

Currently, Drew works full time at Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, working with volunteer recruitment, outreach and policy advocacy. In addition, she works at a downtown bar and grill one night a week to pay the bills. She is an active Rotarian, a mentor at the Red Lodge High School, a Parks Board representative, and a volunteer for many community activities.

In 2016, Anna Drew ran for the Red Lodge City Council. When asked about her 2016 run, she said, “I take pride in the fact I knocked on every door in the district I represent. People really appreciated being listened to and my honesty when answering questions.

Politics isn’t easy and it’s definitely not glamorous, but people deserve straightforward answers and the chance to be heard.”

Elected by a large and bipartisan margin, Drew has brought her seemingly limitless energy and work ethic to her position in city government by introducing and supporting smart policies to move the community forward, while looking out for the interests of all community members. As a City Council member, Drew is known for being accessible and sincerely listening to everyone who has a concern or an idea they want her to support.

When asked what her priorities would be as a state representative Drew said, “The biggest challenge we face in the county is the lack of money needed for major infrastructure improvements. Our aging water and sewer systems need significant improvements and the price tag is in the millions of dollars. Red Lodge and all of our towns in the county are struggling with these issues. Carbon County pays taxes to the state and it’s about time the legislature funds an infrastructure bill to send some of that money back home to pay for much needed local projects.”

One of the best things about City Council is it’s nonpartisan, she said. “We don’t get caught up in the D or R label. Because of this experience I know I can work across the aisle to prioritize the needs of the county and achieve the goal of getting essential work funded. I want to see a Representative who puts their county before their Party.”

Drew has worked to repeal outdated city laws and plans to carry this forward to make state government more efficient and understandable in order to save taxpayer dollars and eliminate ineffective or redundant bureaucracy.

When Drew talks about the most important reason she is running for state representative, she says, “Montana is and always has been my home. I know that in addition to working hard, Montanans help each other. I believe there is much more that brings us together rather than divides us. I want state government to reflect that belief. We can work together despite our differences to make Montana a better place to live and work.”

Anna Drew can be contacted at annadrewformt@gmail.com, (406)860-1978, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnaDrew4MT/ or by mail Anna Drew for Montana at P.O. Box 1315, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

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