POLITICAL PROFILES

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Steve Hinebauch

Senate District 18

Republican

1) What are three things the voters of Dawson County should know about you?

I have been married for 44 years and have 5 married children, 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Our family ranches in Dawson County.

I am a Christian constitutional conservative, which means I am pro-life, pro-gun, pro-property rights, pro-business and for limited government.

2) What skills or experiences best prepare you for the office you are seeking?

I have been a businessman and taxpayer for over 45 years. I am a family man and a parent. I have been on several boards. I have been a state senator for the last 4 years.

3) If you could automatically change one state law, what would it be and why?

The Big Bill, HB 124, which was passed in 2001, is the bill that gave the state government power over assessors and budgets. The state takes most of the tax money. Now the counties must beg to get it back from them.

4) Are you running for office primarily to “make things happen” or “stop things from happening?” Either way, what are those things?

I am running for office to stop government from getting bigger, being more intrusive, and costing more. I have yet to talk to a constituent that says, “please make government regulate me more” or “please tax me more”. Most people want more freedom from government.

5) How can you better represent Eastern Montana in Helena than your opponent?

My opponent has campaigned for years for liberal politicians that want more of your tax money and want to take more of your freedoms away. Case in point, he told me during the last presidential campaign, in 2016, that he had “the Bern,” meaning he was supporting the socialist candidate, Bernie Sanders. Need I say more?

6) What are some specific areas where you would like to see more tax dollars spent or specific areas where you would like to see fewer tax dollars spent?

I would not like to see more tax dollars spent anywhere, and fewer tax dollars spent everywhere. We have over a $14 Billion bi-annual budget in the state of Montana. That is $14,000 for every man, woman, and child in the state of Montana. That is way too many tax dollars spent.

7) If you are elected, what should voters use to determine whether you have been successful by the end of your term?

I would be a success if I could influence the legislature to make government smaller and Montanans less regulated.

Pat Mischel

Senate District 18

Democrat

1) ​What are three things the voters of Dawson County should know about you?

I am a very hard worker, dedicated, and will be a good listener to all persons who have serious proposal for improving Eastern Montana.

2) ​What skills or experiences best prepare you for the office you are seeking?​

Being born and raised in Dawson County and spending my entire life here, has given me a chance to attend Dawson County Schools, raise a family, work in the community, and get to know just about everyone. Those experiences along with serving on the School board, baseball board, Dawson County Tax Appeal Board, and community organizations like Kiwanis, has given me a chance to serve the community and develop skills by working with different people with varied ideas. The most important skills anyone can have is the ability to listen, compromise a little, and then get things done.

3) If you could automatically change one state law, what would it be and why?

​Campaign finance. The practice of political action committees and individuals giving to a candidate, and then that candidate flipping the contributions to other candidates must be a part of revising Montana Campaign laws. People give to candidates because they want to help that campaign, not someone across the state or in another state.

4) ​Are you running for office primarily to “make things happen” or stop things from ​ happening”? Either way, what are those things?

I would like to be on the side of Eastern Montana that wants to make things happen. Bringing good paying jobs to Eastern Montana, improving infrastructure, providing a fair tax system, expanding tourism, and keeping our public schools the best place to learn, are just some of the many areas which will take a group effort to make them happen. When I say being on the side that wants to make things happen, it’s facing reality, no one person can make things happen! In every community there are people and groups that get things done. The County Commissioners, the City Council, the School Board, DCC, and volunteer organizations. Groups like 4-H, the Miss Montana Pageant, Friends of Makoshika, the Fair Board, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Dawson County Economic Development Council. I plan to be a partner and represent all who want to get things done.

5) How can you better represent Eastern Montana in Helena than your opponent? ​

​In the 2019 Legislative Session, I ask Senator Hinebauch to commit to weekly calls hosted by either the city or county government, he said that was not possible due to his busy schedule. I will reserve time once a week to speak directly with the voters of Senate District 18 if elected. Also in 2019, there was a series of bills passed and signed by the Governor to memorialize Montana Metal of Honor recipients, Montana Veterans lost in action, and a member of the Montana Highway Patrol killed in the line of duty. Senator Hinebauch voted no on all these bills. His reason given on his Facebook Page was “I don’t think it is appropriate for me to spend other people’s money to show compassion”. Most of these memorials cost the state of Montana very little and some zero dollars. The fallen young men and women of our military or members of law enforcement don’t need our pity or compassion, they demand our respect and honor, they will have mine.

6) What are some specific areas where you would like to see more tax dollars spent ​ or specific areas where you would like to see fewer tax dollars spent?

​I would like to see a continuation of tax dollars spent on long range infrastructure.

The City of Glendive has built a modern day sewage treatment plant, and is now completing improvement for future water needs. The proposed Big Dry Water Project to bring palatable water to rural areas is needed. Installing High Speed Broad Ban for rural areas of Eastern Montana is a must. All these projects are expensive, need the support of local taxpayers, and some help from the state government, together we can make it happen.

7) If you are elected, what should voters use to determine whether you have been successful by the end of your term?

​Voters should ask at the end of the four year term, have I listened and carried the message of improving Eastern Montana to Helena. Have I worked with all local government, citizens, and legislators to make life better in District 18.

Teresea Olson

Dawson County Commissioner

Independent

1) What are three things the voters of Dawson County should know about you?

The first thing I feel is important for voters to know about me is I am not a political figure. I am a hard working, honest community member who is excited to make sure our county remains successful.

It is also important for voters to know, although I have different ideas and a different perspective on problem solving, I find it extremely important to be respectful of all of our current city and county leaderships’ ideas and opinions. The knowledge and experience which has been acquired by our leaders is invaluable and must be built upon. We cannot lose the history of where we have been. Only with listening to the experiences, and learning from previous outcomes, can we move forward in a productive manner.

Thirdly, voters need to know that as a 20-year resident of Dawson County, I am so proud to live here! With our river, our state park, our creative entrepreneurs, and our interstate location, our potential expansion and success is limitless!

2) What skills or experiences best prepare you for the office you are seeking?

I am a small business owner in Glendive. I am licensed in the state of Montana as a physician assistant, registered nurse, and massage therapist. I am a mother of 4 adult children and grandmother of 7 grandchildren. I have worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT). I have volunteered with Fallon County Search and Rescue. I am a past 4-H Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Girl Scout Leader. I have served on local nonprofit boards including Dawson County Domestic Violence, Makoshika Wellness, and Friends of Makoshika. In trying to assure a safe and prosperous community, I work with Revitalize Glendive, Dawson County Sexual Assault Response Team, and our local human trafficking prevention taskforce. All of these experiences have made me acutely aware only through hard work, teamwork, and mutual respect, can issues be solved.

3) Are you running for office primarily to “make things happen” or “stop things from happening?” Either way, what are those things?

I want to make things happen!

Promoting economic development is imperative. Working with Eastern Plains Economic Development, Dawson County Economic Development, and the Glendive Chamber of Commerce will not only ensure expansion of new businesses but also preserve and grow our established businesses.

We must aggressively seek out stable manufacturing businesses to offset the fluctuation of oil production and railways. Farming and ranching are foundations of our county, it is important to assist our farm and ranch families to be successful.

The safety and wellbeing of our youth and the upcoming generations is crucial. Supporting creative, cost effective solutions for education and youth programs is essential for a stable, growing community.

It is important to think outside the box. We know some well thought out decisions in the past have not been effective, let’s change it up.

4) What are three biggest challenges facing Dawson County?

The biggest challenge I see to start with in Dawson County is supporting a positive morale. Once we have conquered that barrier, we can move forward together. Another challenge is our economic stability. As mentioned, finding solutions to offset our current economic fluctuations will be both challenging and exciting. The third challenge, as I see it, is the same challenge the entire nation is facing, COVID 19. We will work through it together, now, and as we recover. We will have to roll up our sleeves in 2021 and rebuild from the damages of 2020.

5) What are the three biggest opportunities facing the county?

I may have to list more than three.

First, the entrepreneurial spirit of our community members makes Dawson County a unique place beaming with potential. In addition, we need to build upon the strengths of our current large businesses to support, retain and enhance businesses such as Glendive Medical Center, Dawson Community College, Burlington Northern Railway, MidRivers Communication, Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline, and others.

And then, location, location, location! Dawson County is located on the interstate, we have the Yellowstone River running through Glendive, and we have the largest state park in Montana, Makoshika State Park, in our back yard! But most importantly, we have an entire county full of hard working, strong willed people!

6) If you are elected, what should voters use to determine whether you have been successful by the end of your term?

If I am elected, the voters should be able to look back at everything I have said and written during this campaign season and see I have attempted to make them happen!

Brad Mitchell

>Dawson County Commissioner

Republican

1) What are three things the voters of Dawson County should know about you?

Being born and raised in Dawson County I am dedicated to this community and its future. I am competitive by nature and want more for Dawson County. I was taught from a young age that a man’s integrity is worth more than money. I believe that Faith, family, and friends have true meaning. I have been a lifelong supporter of Glendive and I am passionate about the welfare and betterment for the citizens in this community.

2) What skills or experiences best prepare you for the office you are seeking?

I have been member of this community for over 50 years. After college I began my own business here in Dawson County and ran that business successfully for more than 10 years. Later, I served in local Law Enforcement for over 22 years serving as the Chief of Police the last three years of my career. Through my own personal business as well as many years of public service in law enforcement I gained leadership skills, budget experience and developed a strong work ethic. I have also served on numerous boards and committees in Glendive over the past 30 years ranging from the Domestic Violence Board, the Glendive Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Board to the Watch East Screening Committee. Working with many leaders from different boards and organizations has given me insight into working effectively and efficiently with a broad range of people. With my past work experience and leadership skills I feel I would be best qualified to serve as a Dawson County Commissioner.

3) Are you running for office primarily to “make things happen” or “stop things from happening?” Either way, what are those things?

There are two sides to every story just as there are two sides to this very question. Of course, I want to “make things happen” as well as “stop things from happening.” Positive Change is at the top of my list. Glendive is a great community filled with caring and dedicated people who also want to see positive change for this community. When talking about positive change it involves working proactively with the leaders in this community to get the most out of what we currently have and work to improve upon it. Glendive has many abundant resources that can be capitalized on to help bring growth to our community. As far as stopping things from happening, I do not want to see jobs leaving and businesses closing. We need to stop the reactive/negative thinking so we can build up our community and work together for a better future. 4) What are three biggest

challenges facing Dawson County?

I feel the biggest challenges facing Dawson County are the current budget, the flood plain constraints and continuous loss of jobs and closures of businesses. When talking about the budget we are presented with seeking better forms of revenue without raising taxes. The flood plain presents the issue of limitations for our community for building and growth, while ensuring safety to many homes and businesses. When discussing the loss of jobs and businesses in our community we need to look to our current resources as well as outside industry to help sustain jobs and local businesses.

5) What are the three biggest opportunities facing the county?

In my opinion three of the biggest opportunities that Dawson County faces are our natural resources such as wind energy, natural gas, the oil industry and having an abundant farm and ag community. Being located along the interstate gives us accessibility making our location a great opportunity as well. Having the biggest State park in the state of Montana also brings opportunity to this community. These could potentially bring millions of dollars to Dawson County along with job opportunities, growth, retail business, and increased tourism.

6) If you are elected, what should voters use to determine whether you have been successful by the end of your term?

If elected my goal is to bring positive change to Dawson County. I will work diligently with every entity to ensure positive change. I will work with the leaders of this community as well as the public to build up Glendive and continue to keep our community moving forward, as I want the very best for the place my family and I call home.

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