Elected Democratic Officials

Eric Semerad for Clerk and Recorder

Eric Semerad

County Clerk & Recorder/Surveyor

Goals

  • Continue to improve and modernize county public records storage and access in the office and online.
  • Diligently administer the election process and ensure the right to vote for all eligible citizens.
  • Oversee recording of County Commission actions.
  • Manage vital (birth & death) record issuance.

Qualifications

  • Recording Department Supervisor – 15 years
  • Chief Deputy Clerk – 10 years
  • Bachelor of Science from Montana State University
  • Modernized Clerk & Recorder records and put them online
  • Responsibly manage department budget and one of the largest revenue sources in the county

Candidate Statement

“I work with integrity and dedication to develop lasting relationships with county and private sector customers. I have the most in-depth knowledge and experience it takes to hold this office. I am the most qualified candidate for Clerk and Recorder/Surveyor.”

Erin Cox, candidate for County Auditor

Erin Cox

County Auditor

Goals:

  • Maintain transparency by keeping all internal audits public through the county website
  • Internal checks and balances to guarantee an efficient and effectively running office and county
  • Be a strong resource for other offices, and the public as needed

Qualifications:

My experience with the current administration has given me hands-on experience, and the opportunity to implement new financial software which will make the process even smoother. It is because of my current position and experiences, that I am confident I could make a seamless transition into the County Auditor position.

Candidate Statement:

“I live in Bozeman with my three-year-old daughter and amazing seven-year-old step-son. We love this community and strive to be active and contributing members of this exciting and growing landscape.

“Currently I am working in the County Auditor’s Office, learning the foundational elements of this position. Seeing the coordination of the county offices has given me the insight to what it takes to run an effective and cohesive local government. As elected officials, it is the duty of these officers to uphold fiscal integrity while maintaining accountability and transparency.”

Jennifer Blossom for County Treasurer

Jennifer Blossom

County Treasurer

Goals:

  • Improve the efficiency, transparency, and accuracy of process within the Treasurer’s Office – including the investment of tax dollars.

Candidate Statement:

“If you pay property taxes in Gallatin County, or have ever had to register your vehicle or renew your registration, you’ve been directly affected by the Treasurer’s Office, which is responsible for the timely and accurate billing and handling of tax dollars, the efficient distribution of collected taxes to the various schools and agencies, the transparent investment of money and the management of the motor vehicle department.

“Every day for more than 13 years I have watched as people have waited to register their vehicles – a wait that can last up to four hours or more.  Some of these people are losing wages. Some of them have families they want to get home to. Some of them have places they need to be. Not one of them should be required to sit in a lobby and wait for such an unreasonable amount of time.  I believe it’s time that the Treasurer’s Office recognizes, respects and honors that.

“An elected official shouldn’t have to be pushed to make positive changes. They need to be willing to take a step back, listen to those around them, and make improvements where necessary. That was the reason I ran for Auditor in 2003 and why I am running for Treasurer now.”

More information:
http://www.belgrade-news.com/news/county/county-auditor-to-challenge-county-treasurer/article_b16019ba-06e3-11e8-898f-d34a49bc2a06.html

Scott MacFarlane, Candidate for County Commission

Scott MacFarlane

County Commissioner

Goals

  • The Gallatin County Commission needs to do more to recruit and retain valuable public safety employees
  • Updating and expanding the county’s law and justice facility is a top priority. The safe, efficient, and effective operation of the courts and sheriff’s office is not possible at the current facility.
  • Affordable housing to support the region’s workforce

Qualifications

  • Manage multi-million dollar school construction projects and all district facilities personnel and funding as Belgrade Public Schools Facilities Director

Candidate Statement

“Gallatin County has recently found itself on the world stage as a top destination to live, learn, invest, start-up, or relocate a business. Long term residents have come to understand this growth is a permanent reality, and know it will only speed up.

“Gallatin County has a small army of dedicated people looking out for our communities and environment with five incorporated municipalities, multiple unincorporated communities, and additional leadership groups such as school boards, water boards, fire boards, lands boards, and irrigation boards.  I witness the accelerating growth in Gallatin County cause strain among the numerous management groups in our area. These organizations each have their own responsibilities to plan for our future, and all these plans risk failure without respectful collaboration, communication, and partnership.

“Serving at-large, the County Commissioners represent EVERYONE in our County. I am resolved the County Commission holds the greatest responsibility in the success of these partnerships.

“Gallatin County is made up of hard-working citizens with brilliant minds.  When we work together, there is no problem too large to tackle. I will be a Commissioner who collaborates and builds partnerships. I am completely dedicated to the success of our future. Together we can ensure Gallatin County plans its future responsibly in a way that benefits everyone.”

Tom Woods

Rep. Tom Woods

House District 62

Tom Woods currently serves as the representative for House District 62. He is running for Public Service Commission District 3 is 2020.

Christopher Pope

Rep. Chris Pope

House District 65

Chris Pope currently serves as the representative for House District 65. He is running for Senate District 31 in 2020.

Jim Hamilton, House District 61

Rep. Jim Hamilton

House District 61

Jim is the current representative for House District 61 and is running for re-election in 2020.

Zach Brown, current HD63 representative and candidate for Gallatin County Commission

Rep. Zach Brown

House District 63

Denise Hayman

Rep. Denise Hayman

House District 66

Denise currently serves as the representative for House District 66. She is running for re-election in 2020.

Sen. Mike Phillips

Senate District 31

Mike currently serves as the senator for Senate District 31. His term will expire at the end of 2020.

Pat Flowers, Senator District 32

Sen. Pat Flowers

Senate District 32

232Who is Pat Flowers?

I moved to Montana from my Ohio birthplace in 1977 as a college junior to finish my undergraduate degree in forestry, and complete a master’s degree in forest economics at the University of Montana. I went on to a career in forest fire research, forest economics, forest management, and fish, wildlife and parks.  I raised two daughters in Montana with my wife, Hedvig, who passed away in 2007.   In 2014 I remarried.  My wife, Melissa, and I now share four daughters who are either pursuing their college degrees or professional careers.

Why is Pat running?

I am running for Senate District 32 to strengthen the reasons why you choose to live, work and recreate in Montana — including a robust public education system, access to affordable health care, and exceptional open access to our rivers and public lands. I bring a lifetime of public-service experience working to address Montana’s toughest natural resource issues. With your support, we will translate that problem-solving success into home-grown progress in many other areas.

Pat’s Values

Pat has demonstrated integrity throughout his public service career. He has taken on some of the toughest issues in Montana and through it all maintained a commitment to the sound management of our resources and the well-being of our citizens.

Pat has shown great perseverance on issues like elk management where he pushed for solutions that recognized the concerns of private landowners, while focusing on the goal of managing elk as valued Montana wildlife of great importance to sportsmen and women.

As a public servant, Pat has embraced transparency in government, hosting hundreds of public meetings and forums on difficult issues. He understands the value and need for state government to find solutions in an open setting where Montana citizens can participate.

Pat recognized throughout his professional career that the toughest problems are best solved with all interests at the table. The shared solutions that come out of those efforts are not only better crafted, but they also result in outcomes that are more broadly supported, and better stand the test of time.

Learn more about Pat and his positions on key issues

JP Pomnichowski

Sen. JP Pomnichowski

Senate District 33

JP Pomnichowski is a Montana State Senator and serves in leadership as the Democratic Minority Whip, the only woman in Senate Democratic leadership. She’s currently completing her first term in the state senate after serving three terms in Montana’s House of Representatives. Prior to her state government work, JP served in neighborhood associations, city and county boards, and in MSU’s student senate.

She’s championed citizens’ rights, protecting public lands, our natural setting and Montana’s sporting heritage, and promoting a quality education. Her knowledge and experience make her a natural to continue her service in the Montana State Legislature.

First elected as our Lady of the House (of Representatives), now, A Woman’s Place is in the House (and the SENATE!)


JP currently serves as the senator for Senate District 33.

Learn more about JP and her positions on key issues

Steve Bullock, candidate for US Senate and current MT Governor

Gov. Steve Bullock

Governor

Senator Jon Tester

Senator Jon Tester

United States Senator