Elizabeth Marum – Montana House District 67
Tell us a little bit about your yourself and your background.
I’m a 26-yr resident of HD67, where I raised two sons as a single parent. Belgrade was a place of hope and opportunity for us. Throughout these years, I worked full time while advocating for affordable housing, and making public service a priority. I’ve gained respect by listening to diverse points of view and keeping an open mind. Now that I’m retired, I bring a depth of experience to my campaign and to the MT House of Representatives.
Why are you running for Office?
I believe that our government can work for the people it represents, and welcomed diverse people to participate in it. I believe it is here to serve us all, not just a few. And, I’d like to be one of the change-makers to take it from good to great.
What are the 3 biggest issues facing your community?
Housing that’s affordable on average local wages
Jobs with wages that support us
Access to quality, affordable healthcare including mental health services
How do you propose to solve those problems?
Each of those is addressed differently but each has policy prescriptions. Each will involve the participation of those most affected at the ground level, as well as help from collaborators throughout the community, state, and nation with commitment to good, workable solutions.
What is your stance on environmental and climate concerns that are facing your community?
We stand upon a planet that is undergoing the deep impact of global climate change. We need a stable base upon which to act, and we will not have that without timely action to address the climate crisis. It involves government, corporate and individual action. We are in this together.
What common sense gun safety measures would have the most impact on your community?
Guns are needed for hunting to provide food for many Montanans, my family included. Common-sense gun reforms are needed.
How would criminal justice reforms impact your community?
Law enforcement does the best it can. Training and preparing officers to respond to mental health emergencies is difficult for both the officers and the person they are there to serve. Allowing officers to be assisted by social workers in responding to some 911 calls will improve outcomes for all involved, including loved ones.
How would you work to protect a woman’s reproductive health?
I will support the funding matches by the state of Medicaid, and Title X providers. I will encourage health to be taught in public schools at age-appropriate levels. I will respect the right of privacy for each individual.
What measures would you advocate for to ensure that your constituents have the right to vote?
Reinstatement of same-day voter registration. While it passed MT with great public support, it was rescinded in the last legislative session. It is being challenged in court, but the battle is unlikely to go away. I will always stand for the right to register and vote the same day.
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