Meet Your Legislative Candidates: Former Red Lodge Mayor Elizabeth “Betsy” Scanlin – Part 2

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This is the latest profile in what will be a series of pieces highlighting candidates for the Montana Legislature in 2018. You can read part 1 here.

Betsy Scanlin is running for the state senate in district 29 in south-central Montana. She has two Republican opponents that you need to read about here and here.

What got you involved in politics? Have you been engaged in politics your whole life?

My family has been involved in politics for many years.  My father, Donald A. Scanlin, was a social activist minister and was a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention; my brother, Steve, has been a legislator in Idaho; and I have been a city council representative and mayor of Red Lodge.  I was a Montana delegate to the Kerry presidential nomination convention and have participated in many campaigns, the most recently being the Rob Quist campaign for Congress.

What do you hope to accomplish at the legislature?

I hope to act to continue and expand support for public education at all levels, support for social services such as mental health and disability programs that our rural areas especially have recently suffered a loss of, and support for our agricultural and small business economies.  I hope to effectively address growing gun violence, particularly in schools but anywhere where people have a right to be and peaceably assemble.

Who do you look to for inspiration and why?

I am particularly inspired by our Sen. Jon Tester, who doesn’t duck issues, speaks clearly on them and has acted in our best interests, particularly rural areas such as mine.  My neighbors in Carbon County inspire me with their volunteerism, entrepreneurial spirit, and genuine concern for others.  My close friends and my husband, Jeff, inspire me daily with their affirmative support.  I’m also inspired by the memories of my many mentors in the past, particularly my parents and family friend Bob Moran, who have passed on.

You can donate to Betsy here: DONATE

How will you connect with voters in your district?

I hope to connect with voters in my district, which is particularly conservative, by confirming how much we have in common, our families, our economies, our support for schools that are the heart of our communities, and our common desire to live in peace and safety.  I believe we can agree on common solutions that aren’t being addressed or acted on.

Anything else you’d like people to know?

I’m excited to have an opportunity to face serious issues head-on, to meet folks I haven’t yet had a chance to meet in our district, and to face the challenge of convincing them that we all need a change in our state government.

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