When I decided to run for the Montana Legislature, representing the heart of Bozeman, I was told no Republican could win the seat. This encouraged me, not because I’m a Republican, but because I know my neighbors. Here in Bozeman we are not partisan. Yes, we have our opinions, but really, at the end of the day, we just want to grow the Montana economy, give our kids a great education, enjoy the mountains and rivers, and live in the last best place.
After eight months of campaigning and wonderful support from the community we won by 56 votes – out of 6,242 votes cast. The best part of being in a close race is that I got to meet thousands of new friends. I knocked on nearly 4,000 doors and attended dozens of community events, and, in the process, asked one simple question to everyone I met: “How can your government best represent you?”
Five things were brought up at nearly every door: lower the cost of living, increase opportunity for wage growth, preserve and promote access to public land, empower education, and invest in smart infrastructure to keep Bozeman, well, Bozeman.
I will represent the people, promoting fiscally conservative and innovative approaches to improve our government. In an effort to be accountable and transparent, I plan to publish updates on the session at www.jonformontana.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jonformontana
I will try, with every vote, to run the bill through a simple litmus test: will this lower the cost of living (particularly healthcare costs), will this help create conditions for economic growth, will this increase access to public lands in accordance with property rights, will this support education, and will this help with our long-term infrastructure needs?
The session starts this week in Helena. It is a great honor of my life to represent Bozeman and I am indebted from the bottom of my heart. There is an old proverb that says, as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another. I encourage different opinions, dissenting views and energetic debate. Please reach out with any visions, thoughts, or ideas: Rep.Jon.Knokey@mt.gov