Meet Your Legislative Candidates: Former Red Lodge Mayor Elizabeth “Betsy” Scanlin

Former Red Lodge mayor Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Scanlin has filed to run as a Democrat for the Montana Senate District 29 seat.

The senate district runs from Bearcreek and Belfry on the south-east to Reed Point and Greycliff on the north-west. The incumbent is Republican David Howard from Park City.

Scanlin has been married to Jeff Anderson for 44 years in May, and they have two grown children, Jessamin and Jasper. Her parents are the late Rev. Donald and Millicent Preissel Scanlin, long-time Red Lodge residents.

Scanlin grew up in Red Lodge and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English, with minors in political science, journalism, and Russian. She was a reporter for the Billings Gazette upon graduation and later returned to college at the UM School of Law. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk for the Montana Supreme Court.

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After practicing several years in Red Lodge, she moved with her family to New York City, where she worked for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on water projects, and the NYC City Planning Department, handling land use and zoning matters.

She returned to Montana and has practiced civil law for the past 24 years.

Scanlin served on the Montana Board of Housing under Gov. Brian Schweitzer for eight years and has been active in politics, elected to three terms on the Red Lodge City Council and subsequently as mayor of the city.

Scanlin’s family was active in the Festival of Nations for over 50 years, and she is currently a member of the Carbon County Planning Board and the Carbon County Historical Society Board.

She and her husband own The Roman Theater in Red Lodge.

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