(Continuing the series on candidates for the Montana Legislature, here’s Connie Keogh. More information can be found at her website: http://conniekeoghforhd91.com/.)
‘If there is a job to do—just do it!’ That’s what I learned at an early age from my dad, who was a hard-working, third generation Montana rancher. Since then, I have raised a family, worked 35 years as an educator, and volunteered countless hours to help elect other candidates, and to issues I believe in and support, especially environmental causes. Now, I am well-prepared for the next challenge: running for House District 91 in Missoula. If elected, I will draw on my life experiences, my abundant energy and my Montana-grown integrity to boost the effectiveness of the Montana Legislature.
I bring years of personal and professional experience to this race including leadership skills, teaching experience, and the “can do” attitude honed from years of hard work on the south central Montana ranch where I grew up. Montana has a diverse landscape and population. I have lived and worked in both rural and urban communities, in the east and the west, and I have a unique understanding of the complex issues and challenges facing both. I will commit the time and energy to thoroughly understand the issues, and work toward creating positive solutions that benefit all Montanans.
As a lifelong educator, a mentor to prospective teachers, and a proud grandmother, I am deeply concerned about eroding funding for public education. Our public schools are underfunded, and that puts our students’ bright futures, as well as Montana’s economy at risk. It is the responsibility of the legislature to support quality, public education from preschool through University — and to ensure that public education is affordable and accessible to all.
Through my years of work with Northern Plains Resource Council and Montana Conservation Voters, I have been a champion for the environment by advocating for: clean energy and moving us towards a renewable energy future; clean water and air standards; and keeping public lands and sacred places in public hands.
I will put my passion for a clean energy future powered by a well-educated workforce to work for all of us as the next representative of House District 91. Thank you for your support of my campaign. I welcome your input and humbly ask for your vote.