Breaking news here folks. As first reported in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle by Freddy Monares, it looks like the field of Democrats running for Congress is going to keep growing.
Today, John Meyer, a public lands attorney in Bozeman announced he would seek to unseat Greg Gianforte. He joins Jared Pettinato, Grant Kier, Kathleen Williams, Lynda Moss, and John Heenan in the Democratic Primary
I, for one, applaud this effort. We need as many candidates as possible in this race, talking to Montanans and talking about the future of our state, and talking ideas. We need a clear understanding of where these candidates stand on the issues. Policy matters.
John stresses the importance of public lands to his campaign and says in his campaign press release:
“As a hunter, climber, skier, mountain biker and public lands attorney, I am well situated to represent Montana in Congress.”
“As a Democrat, I believe that by ensuring and expanding these blessings for every Montanan, we will improve the quality of life for all Montanans.”
From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle article that broke this story:
On his website, Meyer wrote that he’s running for the U.S. House seat because he wants to protect people, forests, water and wildlife in Montana. He said he is grateful for the landscapes, opportunities and freedoms he is able to enjoy in the state.
Meyer received a degree in biology and Spanish in 2003 before working as a biological technician for the Flathead National Forest. In 2009, Meyer graduated with honors from Vermont Law School and moved to Bozeman to found the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center.
In 2011, Meyer represented the Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council on a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that invalidated the construction permit for a $550 million railroad that had been approved in southeast Montana.
More recently, Meyer is involved in ongoing litigation to block the capture and hazing of bison on the north side of Yellowstone National Park, which was filed in federal court last month.
John Meyer is an active force in the Bozeman political and environmental justice scene.
John Meyer also ran for Congress in the 2017 special election to fill Ryan Zinke’s vacated seat. In his second run for the house I am sure we will see a more seasoned candidate who has fought hard for environmental justice in his career.