I am writing in support of Lou Ann Crowley, who is running for the legislature from District 94. Unlike her opponent, Ellie Hill, Lou Ann is thoughtful and deliberative. She has worked in local government and for nonprofit organizations. She has been a community activist who has not alienated large numbers of constituents. She is a calm voice who accomplishes a lot—truly something we need in our legislature.
There is more to being an effective legislator than being highly rated by various organizations and unions—all of which do many good things. However, I prefer a legislator who thinks for herself. It is, of course, admirable to be opposed to the corrupting influence of corporate money in campaigns. However, the time and energy spent advocating for Congress to do something about this might be spent more productively by working diligently to convince colleagues to concentrate on legislation that makes an immediate, positive impact on the state of Montana.
Perhaps some of the effectiveness of a legislator can be measured by the number of bills the legislator introduced that passed. Hill introduced five bills in the last session, none of which passed.
As a delegate to the 1972 Montana State Constitutional Convention, I know that we were extremely idealistic in the amount of faith we placed in our legislature. We expected our legislators to produce heroic outcomes for the good of the state. This can happen only when we elect professional, thoughtful, intelligent, civil, dedicated people to do this Herculean task. Clearly, this did not happen in the last session, one of the most fractious in recent memory.
We need a person with personal integrity to represent us in the legislature. We need someone who Listens. We need someone who Organizes her thoughts. We need someone who Understands the issues. We need someone who Analyzes the options and Never Neglects her constituents. We need Lou Ann Crowley in the legislature.