Romano Out of the Montana Senate Race

On Facebook this morning, Melissa Romano announced that she would not be running for the Montana Senate this year:

As the 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year, I will serve as an ambassador for public education, represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year program, and take part in national gatherings focused on improving educational opportunities for our kids.

I take the responsibilities of this honor very seriously and it’s for that reason that I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for State Senate District 41.

It was not a decision I have made lightly. Changing policy to better suit the needs of students is essential and my commitment to public service will never waiver. However, after discussing my responsibility to Montana’s youth with family, friends, and colleagues, I have decided that my top priority for 2018 must be serving as the Montana Teacher of the Year and those who have entrusted me with this incredible distinction. Over the next year, I will work tirelessly to serve Montana and the interests of our state’s students

I know that improving educational opportunities for all Montana students is as important to you as it is to me. I’m here to say that together, we must keep fighting to move our state forward in a positive direction.

Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support.

Sincerely and with much gratitude,


It’s an entirely understandable decision and one in keeping with Melissa’s commitment to being an excellent educator. I look forward to supporting her candidacy in 2020 to restore order and good governance to the Office of Public Instruction and am hopeful that she will pursue that office.

And Janet Ellis, who has ably represented Helena in the Legislature for the past few sessions, is still running in SD 41. We’re lucky to have so many candidates of this caliber.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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