2018 Voter Guide

Welcome to the 2018 MontPIRG Voter Guide! This page will direct you to resources about candidates running for office in Montana (all listed in alphabetical order) as well as information about the ballot initiatives Montanans will vote on this fall. 

This is an incredibly important election, so make sure you are registered and ready to vote ahead of the November 6th election!

U.S. Senate Candidates (6 Year Term)

  RICK BRECKENRIDGE (L)   Find out more at:  www.mtlp.org

RICK BRECKENRIDGE (L)

Find out more at:
www.mtlp.org

  MATT ROSENDALE (R)   Find out more at:  www.MattforMontana.com

MATT ROSENDALE (R)

Find out more at:
www.MattforMontana.com

  JON TESTER* (D)   Find out more at:  www.JonTester.com

JON TESTER* (D)

Find out more at:
www.JonTester.com

 

U.S. House Candidates (2 Year Term)

  GREG GIANFORTE* (R)   Find out more at:  www.GregforMontana.com

GREG GIANFORTE* (R)

Find out more at:
www.GregforMontana.com

  ELINOR SWANSON (L)   Find out more at:  www.SwansonforLiberty.com

ELINOR SWANSON (L)

Find out more at:
www.SwansonforLiberty.com

  KATHLEEN WILLIAMS (D)   Find out more at:  www.KathleenforMontana.com

KATHLEEN WILLIAMS (D)

Find out more at:
www.KathleenforMontana.com

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER #1 (4 Year Term)

  DOUG KAERCHER (D)   Find out more at:  www.Kaercher4PSC.com

DOUG KAERCHER (D)

Find out more at:
www.Kaercher4PSC.com

  RANDY PINOCCI (R)   Find out more  www.facebook.com/PinocciforPSC

RANDY PINOCCI (R)

Find out more www.facebook.com/PinocciforPSC

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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER #5 (4 Year Term)

  BRAD JOHNSON* (R)   Find out more at:  www.VoteBradJohnson.com

BRAD JOHNSON* (R)

Find out more at:
www.VoteBradJohnson.com

  ANDY SHIRTLIFF (D)   Find out more at:  www.AndyShirtliff.com

ANDY SHIRTLIFF (D)

Find out more at:
www.AndyShirtliff.com

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BALLOT ISSUE: LR-128 - The 6-MILL LEVY

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Since 1948, Montanans have kept their commitment to future generations by approving the 6-Mill levy, increasing opportunity for students, communities and Montana's economy. Voters will decide on the 6-mill levy during the general election in 2018.

The money from the levy goes towards supporting, maintaining and improving the university system's four-year colleges. 

The 6-Mill Levy ensures the university system is accessible to all and drives economic growth. As Montana businesses continue to look to the university system to provide a well-educated, skilled workforce, the 6-Mill Levy allows students to pursue their professional goals while preparing themselves to be competitive. 

LEARN MORE:
www.MontanansfortheSixMill.com

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BALLOT ISSUE: LR-129 - LIMIT WHO CAN DELIVER YOUR BALLOT

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LR-129 would limit who is able to help you return your mail ballot to the elections office. Limiting options will limit who is able to vote. Without the help of a trusted neighbor, single parents working multiple jobs, people with disabilities, and folk in the military will have few options to have their voice heard. LR-129 is an unneeded effort to tell you who to trust with your ballot.

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BALLOT ISSUE: I-185 - INCREASE TOBACCO TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE FOR LOW INCOME MONTANANS

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Every year, 400 kids in Montana become daily smokers and 1,600 of our neighbors die from smoking. This initiative will prevent nearly 100,000 Montanans from losing their health coverage, provide funds for veterans’ suicide prevention, health services to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, and services to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

LEARN MORE:
www.HealthyMontana.org

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BALLOT ISSUE: I-186 - REQUIRE NEW MINES TO PROVE THEY WON'T CREATE PERPETUAL POLLUTION

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Toxic pollution from mines – including arsenic, lead and mercury – contaminates our rivers, lakes and streams while threatening public health through our drinking water. When mining companies file for bankruptcy and leave their toxic waste behind, Montana taxpayers get stuck with clean-up costs.

I-186 will ensure that new mines in Montana operate responsibly. It will hold mining companies accountable and no longer allow them to leave behind a toxic mess requiring perpetual treatment of water contaminated by acid mine drainage and heavy metals.

LEARN MORE:
www.Yeson186.org

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MISSOULA OPEN SPACE BOND AND LEVY

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Missoula County residents have a tradition of protecting and caring for our open space, water and family farms and ranches. Access to rivers and trails are major part of our quality of life. Our communities are shaped by our shared conservation values, as well as by the recreational and economic opportunities provided by publicly accessible open space.

But the 2006 open space bond funds are nearly gone, and there is still critical conservation work to do to protect land, water and farmland for future generations. Passing a renewed county Open Space Bond and City Stewardship Levy ensures we can protect our quality of life, access to rivers and trails, and our agricultural heritage as Missoula County continues to grow into the future.

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...BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

In additional to all these important races and ballot initiatives, Montanans will get to vote on races for the state legislature, county commissioner, other county offices.