The Missoula Board of County Commissioners has appointed Andrew Person, 34, to fill the open seat in House District 98.
Commissioners unanimously made the decision Tuesday and alerted the Montana Secretary of State on Wednesday. Person is a Helena native and military veteran, according to his application packet posted on the website of the Missoula County Democrats.
The position opened in October when Rep. Jen Gursky resigned after taking a job in Helena. She served in the 2013 Montana Legislature, and Person will run to represent the area – designated as House District 96 after redistricting – in 2015.
Person has a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and anticipates graduating from the University of Montana School of Law in December 2014, according to his resume. The Democrat’s legislative priorities include fighting against dark money in politics and supporting clean energy.
On dark money: “I’d support legislation making Montana the hardest state in the country to buy an election by ramping up disclosure requirements and increasing fines for breaking the law.”
On clean energy: “After I returned from military service in Iraq, I became convinced that Americans needed to unite behind the goal of energy independence from Middle-Eastern oil. And as I read more about the effect that increasing temperatures caused by carbon emissions are having on the hunting, fishing, and camping I have always taken for granted here in Montana, I become more convinced that even in the absence of action at the national level, the Montana legislature needs to work on tackling this problem. We need a bipartisan effort to make Montana a leader in clean, low carbon energy production.”