Montana Democrats’ Statement on Forrest Mandeville Running for Secretary of State

Sam OfferdahlNews

Helena, Mont. – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen today released the following statement on the announcement that Rep. Forrest Mandeville, (R) HD-57, will challenge Sen. Scott Sales, (R) SD-35, in a Republican primary for the Montana secretary of state’s office:

“Forrest Mandeville has wasted time in the Montana legislature fighting for bizarre bills that won’t move the needle when it comes to creating good-paying jobs, providing affordable health care or expanding access to voting,” Lindeen said. “Mandeville has repeatedly voted to keep dark money in our elections and against bipartisan bills to make it easier for Montanans to vote. Mandeville would be yet another fox guarding the hen house when it comes to protecting our elections.”

In the 2019 legislative session, Mandeville voted against a bill that would have removed roadblocks to voting by allowing Montanans to register to vote online. In 2015, Mandevillevoted against reprimanding corporations that break Montana election laws. He also voted against an elections transparency bill that prevents dark money from being used in elections and voted against requiring the disclosure of campaign materials paid for by dark money.

Mandeville also voted against expanding Medicaid in Montana in both 2015 and again in the 2019 legislative session. Instead of voting to provide affordable health care to thousands of Montanans or improve voting access, Mandeville has introduced legislation in multiple legislative sessions to legalize keeping foxes as pets.

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