Good news for Helena, a well known social justice advocate and longtime supporter of working families is running for legislature against GOP incumbent Steve Gibson. Mary Ann Dunwell filed in House District 84 representing southeast Helena and the city of East Helena.
“I want to restore responsible leadership to the state legislature, encourage public engagement in our government, and make sure that all Montanans can enjoy equal opportunity to thrive, prosper and succeed,” said Dunwell, who has worked as a state employee for the past ten years.
In a press release, Dunwell said her priorities include working for all Montanans to have access to quality affordable health and mental healthcare so they can fully enjoy Montana’s quality of life. She’ll work to create jobs that pay a living wage with equal pay for equal work, good benefits, and healthy, safe work conditions. And she’ll support a strong public education system from early childhood, through k-12, and work to make sure it’s not such a financial struggle to get a higher education.
She has worked at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and currently works at the Montana Department of Revenue. Dunwell serves as elected democratic precinct committee woman in Lewis & Clark County. She has served on the Lewis & Clark Brownfields Task Force, the Helena Citizens Council and the PTA at Jefferson Elementary and Helena Middle Schools.
Gibson has struggled to support public education in the legislature. He’s earned a 61%D rating with the Montana Education Foundation. Gibson shares Todd Akin’s position on forced birth for rape victims. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. is the guy believes that rape victims should be forced to give birth and said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Even as Republican candidates across the county have tried to distance themselves from Akin, Gibson actually voted for an amendment to the Montana Constitution to ban abortion, under all circumstances, with no exception for rape or incest (fixed link). Dunwell was the first candidate to file for office yesterday, which was the first day candidates could file. If that’s any indication of her work ethic, Steve Gibson is in trouble.
Her campaign Facebook page is facebook.com/
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