Republicans were in full swing for the Annual Loggers Day Parade and festivities in Darby.
January 7th, 2013 was the day of the inauguration of our new Governor, Steve Bullock, our new Attorney General, Tim Fox, and many more. The first inaguration ceremony was held on the steps of the capital building in Helena, at 10 AM. The House and the Senate then took their oaths of office at noon time in the respective House and Senate Chambers. It was great to see Nancy Ballance (first term), HD 89, Ron Ehli, HD 88, Ed Greef, HD 90, Scott Boulanger (first term), SD 44 and Fred Thomas, SD 45 take their oaths. The days festivities ended with a reception for Tim Fox. There was truly a feeling of camaraderie and excitement in the air.
To all our Republican friends in the Bitterroot Valley, wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Senator Bob Lake, Senate District 44, Ravalli County, won his race for Public Service Commission. Senator Lake ran for the PSC seat because he knew he could make a difference for Montana. When a Senate seat becomes available mid term, it is up to the County Central Committee to vote on three candidates, that are then sent to the Commissioners. The Commissioners may pick a candidate from the first three names, or they can ask for another three names, but then must pick one from the six names. On Dec. 4th, 2012 the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee met to vote on the three candidates. Nine candidates were present, who had been previously vetted by the Central Committee. The nine candidates were Gary Carlson, David Bedey, Hollis Poe, Jim Pearson, Scott Boulanger, Gary MacLaren, Ron Stoker, Ron Ehli and Perry Johnson. The three candidates that were picked by the Central Committee members were Scott Boulanger, Gary Carlson and Hollis Poe. On Friday, Dec. 7th, 2012 the Commissioners interviewed the three candidates, and voted. JR Iman was not present. The vote was unanimous for Scott Boulanger. Senator Boulanger will join Senator Fred Thomas in the 2013 session in Helena. Legislators Nancy Ballance, Ron Ehli, Pat Connmell and Ed Greef will be working closely with them.
Republican Governor Candidate Rick Hill met in Hamilton Nov 2, 2012, for a last minute campaign rally, along with, other Republican candidates, Tim Fox Candidate for Attorney General, and Derek Skees candidate for State Auditor.
Gov. Candidate Rick Hill said he will give full support to Ravalli County in their effort to use coordination to bring Federal Agencies to the table. Gov. Candidate Hill also told the crowd how important it is to get Tim Fox elected as Attorney General, as it is time for the State of Montana to push back and tell the Federal Government that too many regulations, and poor public land management is hurting Montana.
Hill continued to tell the crowd that Montana needs a change in direction, and electing people like Derek Skees, State Auditor, Sandy Welch Superintendant of Schools, Tim Fox, Attorney General and Brad Johnson Secretary of State is vitally important.
Ravalli County Natural Resource Committee has spent an enormous of time in getting a Natural Resource Policy finished, and our Commissioners are set to vote on the Policy. It will be very helpful to have our State Governor on board with us. We all know that the democrat candidate is against coordination.
Go tell everyone who is fed up with all the smoke that fills our valley every summer to get out and vote for Hill and his fellow Republican’s. The media will not tell our side of the story. It is up to us to do it by emails and word of mouth.
The Annual Spaghetti Dinner, sponsored by the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, was attended by 310 people at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, on Oct 13th, 2012. Governor Candidate, Rick Hill, was the guest speaker. Pictured are the candidates who attended. From Left to Right: Ron Ehli, Ed Greef, Paige Allen Trautwein, Pat Connell, Jeff Burrows, Sandy Welch, Bob Lake, Nancy Ballance, Derek Skees, Fred Thomas, Greg Chilcott and Champ Edmonds (running for a Legislative seat in Missoula).