According to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Montana is home to 2 out of 20 key legislative races in the nation. The DLCC announced its “Essential Races” Program in late September along with a list containing the first of the races they felt were most important throughout the nation. Out of the more than 6000 races nationwide this November 2nd, Democrats will have eventually have chosen a total of 50 critical races that they plan to augment by grassroots initiative.
HD 100 (Willis Curdy (D) and Champ Edmunds (R)- while widely endorsed by the ultra-liberals in Missoula County, Curdy hasn’t made his stances clear. He refused to respond to the non-partisan Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test and his website lists only vague information in broad categories. For instance, he believes we need high-paying jobs, good education, and protection from property tax increases. The National Rifle Association Victory Fund graded Mr. Curdy a “C-“.
Republican Champ Edmunds, if elected, plans to enact “a moratorium on frivolous lawsuits put forth by radical environmental groups that stop progress and kill jobs”. His website lists specific plans to combat the challenges our state faces today. He scored a 100% on Project Vote Smart’s Political Courage Test- his views on issues can be found here.
As for the other race targeted, Montana Senate District 25 (Roy Brown v Kendall Van Dyk) we’ve covered it thoroughly in prior posts here and here. We simply wanted to explain why it was so important to us…. the democrats believe it is a critical race and we agree with them.