News outlets across the state reported this week that Great Falls attorney Beth Best has officially announced her candidacy for the Montana Supreme Court Justice. Best is running for the seat that will be open when Justice Jim Nelson retires. Beth stated she
“is running for the Montana Supreme Court because I believe in public service, and access to justice for every person as guaranteed by our Constitution.”
Throughout state history only four women have ever been elected to the Montana Supreme Court. If elected, Best would be the fifth. You can read more about Best from her press release, a portion of which is pasted below the fold. Or, visit the campaign website: www.BestforMontana.org
Beth Best has lived in Montana nearly all of her life. She attended Great Falls public schools starting in kindergarten, graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in 1974, received her undergraduate degree at Montana State University in Bozeman, and her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1981. She met her husband, Mike Best, in law school when he recruited her to play receiver on the law school touch football team. After law school, they served together in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Beth prosecuted crimes, provided legal services to soldiers, and taught the law of war to soldiers. After returning from the Army in 1984, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Paul Hatfield in Great Falls before opening a private practice with her husband. They have been in private practice together ever since.
Beth and Mike raised two kids, Matthew and Sydney, on their small family ranch in the Eden area, south of Great Falls, for twenty-one years. Beth served for six years on the Board of Trustees for the Centerville Schools. The family raised Angus calves, 4-H lambs, chickens, geese and ducks.
Since 1985, Beth has demonstrated her commitment to access to justice for all individuals while representing Montanans from all over the State, including police officers, business owners, farmers, office workers, soldiers, grain elevator workers, railroad workers, cooks, grocery store employees, doctors, firefighters, deputy sheriffs, maintenance workers, teachers, nurses, and government workers.
She has served as the Chair of the Montana Board of Labor Appeals, and currently serves the State as the Chair of the Montana State Fund Board.