"I believe that the future of Montana is ripe with high-technology careers in rural areas, a place where sporting opportunities remain abundant, where healthcare is affordable, and where individuals have every opportunity to pursue their dreams. A place where we have our boots planted on the ground but our eyes on the future."
Innovation in Montana: Jon giving the keynote speech at the statewide FFA event at Montana State University where he promoted the future of agriculture and technology in rural areas. Several hundred high school students from around the state heard Jon talk about how Montana agriculture is an integral link to feeding the world. Jon told the students of his career leading high technology and software programs that have innovated global agriculture. Jon's message of opportunity is an important message to stimulate employment in rural Montana.
Jon giving keynote speech at statewide FFA event, promoting the future of ag and tech in rural Montana
Hunting and Sportsmen Opportunities: Jon is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his time spent hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. Jon appreciates the need to protect these activities for generations to come and takes great pride in writing a book and learning the aspirations of the greatest outdoorsman of the 20th century: Theodore Roosevelt. Jon will fight to preserve Montana's land for responsible public use.
Jon and Meghan after a deer hunt
Healthcare in Montana: Jon seperated his shoulder playing for the Bobcats and had multiple surgeries, spending an enormous amount of time in rehab. Luckily, none of his surgeries (7 in total!) were catastrophic, but he did get a glimpse of the archaic and difficult-to-navigate healthcare system. Jon will promote any legislation to lessen the burden placed on families due to pre-existing conditions and catastrophic events. He also appreciates the enormous cost placed on young families and small businesses. He will work to lower cost and provide quality care to Montanans.
Jon played quarterback for the Bobcats
Jon's grandfather managed a lumber mill and John F. Kennedy paid him a visit to learn more about employment in the wood products industry. To Jon, this picture represents that need for government and small business leadership to trump hard-line special interest.
Inspiration for Government Service: For four generations Jon's family has worked in manufacturing. On his desk at home, Jon keeps a framed picture of his grandfather and President John F. Kennedy. The picture was taken outside of a lumber mill that Jon's grandfather managed and represents a bygone era where small business leaders and politicians sought compromise and growth at the intersection of land conservation and meaningful employment. Jon believes that 21st century innovation requires leadership that will benefit the masses, not leaders seeking to solely promote special interest programs. To Jon, this picture, taken in 1960, is a symbol of what can be accomplished with open communication and solid leadership.