This is the latest profile in what will be a series of pieces highlighting candidates for the Montana Legislature in 2018.
Eldena Bear Don’t Walk is running for an open state house seat in district 93 in the Mission Valley in and around St. Ignatius. You can follow Eldena’s campaign for legislature here:
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Who is Eldena Bear Don’t Walk?
I’m a mother, a small business owner, a lawyer, a gardener, an advocate and a straight shooter!
What got you involved in politics?
Have you been engaged in politics your whole life? I was raised my activists. My parents, Urban and Marjorie, taught me early the power of a person’s vote and his/her dollar. I have always been in the background of politics but its been my life plan to be heavily involved in influencing political change. I have a degree in the study of groups, 2 degrees in policy and a law degree.
What do you hope to accomplish at the legislature?
my focus is law and justice, health care and education. as a lawyer, i’m tasked with implementing the laws the legislature makes. i want to encourage lawmakers to look 10 steps ahead. a law that feels good at the time, doesnt always pan out that way in a practical application. we cant make laws that place heavier burdens on agencies without giving them some funding to take on more work. i want to work to take situations issue by issue. when put to proof, people tend to have more in common that they think. we need to stop drawing lines in the sand and work toward solutions for all Montanans.
Who do you look to for inspiration and why?
my parents were some of the first American Indians to achieve college degrees. they were the first in their families, for sure. They achieved and blazed a path, so that I and my brothers could achieve even higher. I have a bachelors degree and three graduate degrees. They inspired us to chase our dreams while grounding us in being true community builders.
How will you connect with voters in your district?
I will be knocking on your door, listening to your concerns!
Anything else you’d like people to know?
Lake County is a multidimensional place. We want to preserve land but encourage use through tourism. We want to keep the small town feel of our schools yet still prepare our kids of whats ahead of them. We want people to live their best lives and need to support that through health care.