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Kalispell Native Andy Shirtliff to Run for PSC

Today, Andy Shirtliff, candidate for Public Service Commission in Montana, issued the following statement:

“My first priority is focusing on growing our economy,” said Shirtliff, a Democrat.

“I believe that we can continue to grow our businesses and strengthen our economy by investing in our people, adding value to our industries and removing barriers for Montana’s small businesses to create better jobs with higher wages.” Andy Shirtliff, candidate for Public Service Commission District 5 said.

Shirtliff was born in Butte, raised in Kalispell, and went to the University of Montana where he received a degree in Political Science.

Shirtliff has served the citizens of Montana out of Lewis and Clark County for the last five years in his previous role as the Small Business Advocate for the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He has extensive experience working with small business owners, economic developers and community leaders to promote entrepreneurship and collaboration.

He helped create a business plan for Montana, and an online tool to streamline the state’s regulatory process. During that time Montana was ranked the #1 State to Start a Business four years in a row, (Kaufmann index).

“Fairer utility bills will give business owners the security to invest more in their people, which means higher wages and more money in the pockets of hardworking Montanans,” said Shirtliff.

Outside of work, he was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Montana Democratic Party, currently Shirtliff holds positions on the board of the Helena Young Professionals, and was a founding member of the Capital City Kiwanis Club of Helena, and the Montana Young Professionals. Andy was also a recent graduate of Leadership Montana.

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