Great Falls resident Jacob Bachmeier announced his bid for Senate District 12 today and invites you to a campaign kickoff at the Meadow Lark Country Club on January 19 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The kickoff will also feature candidates Melissa Smith for HD 23, Brad Hamlett for HD 23, and Barbara Bessette for HD 24.
Bachmeier serves as the Program Director for a nonprofit called Big Sky 55+, an organization dedicated to giving Montanans 55 and older a stronger voice in their government. The organization works on issues such as lowering prescription drug costs, strengthening Social Security, and strengthening programs like Medicare.
Bachmeier first served in the state legislature in 2017, when as a recent high school graduate, he was the youngest legislator ever elected in Montana. With a college degree now completed and with his work centered in Great Falls, he wants to use his experience to represent the interests of Senate District 12.
In a press release, Bachmeier stated, “The 2021 Montana Legislature let Great Falls down. Everyday citizens in Great Falls are struggling to get by, and more needs to be done to ensure that Great Falls can thrive in the rapidly changing Montana economy.”
In terms of helping struggling Montanans get by, Bachmeier elaborated that Great Falls has good infrastructure to attract high-paying jobs, but more needs to be done, such as investing in trades and healthcare, developing more consistent access to high-speed internet, and investing in community resources such as public schools, libraries, and the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind. Bachmeier said, “Work brings dignity. We need to get people into family-sustaining jobs by developing a wide range of educational opportunities and community resources. Everyone deserves a good quality of life. Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.”
Bachmeier also mentioned the importance of fighting for a competitive and robust economy in Great Falls. He stated, “If elected, I’ll fight for a thriving downtown full of strong mom-and-pop businesses. Small business is the heart of this community, and we must work together to help small business thrive.” Bachmeier also mentioned the importance of investing in agriculture during these challenging times, creating more opportunities to keep professionals from Malmstrom Airforce Base in Great Falls, and encouraging outdoor recreation and tourism in and around Great Falls.
Finally, Bachmeier touched on some other sensitive issues such as property taxes and prescription drug costs. Bachmeier said, “No Montanan should have to cut back on life-saving medications to pay for their rent or mortgage.” He promised to fight for fairer property taxes for Montanans struggling to get by and legislation to hold big pharma accountable for out-of-control drug costs.
Bachmeier recognized that this is a bold agenda, but vowed to “fight for the people of Great Falls.” He believes he has the “fire in the belly” and the experience to make great accomplishments for Great Falls.
Bachmeier is proud to have the endorsements of current Senator for SD 12 Carlie Boland and former Senator for SD 12 and former City Commissioner Mary Moe.
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