Democratic Legislative Leaders Kick Off 2018 Legislative Tour in Missoula

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Democratic Leaders Visited With Small Business Leaders, Health Care Providers, and Working Missoulians

Helena—Today, Democratic legislative leaders visited Missoula on the first stop of their legislative leadership tour, which will take them to cities and towns across Montana over the next month. House Democratic Leader Jenny Eck joined members of the Missoula legislative delegation on a tour of the Kettlehouse Amphitheater, at an economic development roundtable with local small businesses, and on a tour of the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center.

“Democrats were in Missoula today listening to small business leaders, health care providers, and working Missoulians about the issues they are facing in their communities,” said Rep. Jenny Eck, House Democratic Leader. “We need to make the health, safety, and economic security of working families the focus of our state legislature again. Montanans want commonsense solutions, and Democrats know that the best ideas to improve the lives of working people come directly from the people themselves.”

The first stop of the day was a tour of Kettlehouse Amphitheater led by Nick Checota, owner of Logjam Presents. Leader Eck joined Sens. Diane Sands and Dick Barrett and Reps. Marilyn Ryan, Willis Curdy, Andrea Olsen, and Shane Morigeau on the tour and for a discussion on creating jobs in Missoula’s new economy.

Leader Eck then held a small business roundtable with Patrick Claytor, CEO of Quilty Box and Big Sky Fulfillment; Dawn McGee, CEO of Goodworks Ventures; and Paul Gladen, Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana. Missoula delegation members Sen. Barrett and Reps. Ryan and Morigeau joined the discussion, which centered on the importance of Montana’s economic development programs and how to remove barriers of entry for Montana entrepreneurs who want to start businesses right here at home.

In the afternoon, Leader Eck, Sen. Barrett, and Reps. Morigeau and Olsen toured the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. Executive Director LeeAnn Bruised Head explained the importance of Medicaid in ensuring that Native Americans who live in urban areas and on reservations receive the quality, affordable healthcare they deserve.

Leader Eck finished her day in Missoula knocking doors for veteran Senator Diane Sands.

The next stops of the 2018 Legislative Leadership Tour will be in Great Falls and Havre on Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st.

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