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Ellie Hill, an attorney, community advocate and executive director of the Poverello Center, has announced her candidacy as a Democratic candidate for state House of Representatives in House District 94.

State Sen. Ron Erickson, whose district includes House District 94, has endorsed Hill's candidacy and will serve as her campaign treasurer.

In addition to five current members of the Missoula City Council, as well as several legislators, Missoula Mayor John Engen also lent his support to Hill's campaign.

"Ellie brings a potent combination of small-business experience, nonprofit agency experience, a juris doctorate, a commitment to social justice, an ability to work with folks all over the political spectrum and a whole bunch of energy to this campaign. That combination will serve Missoula well in Helena," Engen said.

Hill, a lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountain West, describes herself as the daughter of a union worker, the sister of a smokejumper, the wife of a rabid fly fisherman and an attorney for the poor. She has been executive director of the Poverello Center, Montana's largest homeless service provider, for four years.

Hill's service to Missoula has included terms on the city's Neighborhood Council Community Forum and Historic Preservation Commission, as well as the Sustainable Business Council board of directors. In addition, Hill is active in Democratic Party politics, having been elected to the Missoula County Democrats' Central Committee and to the Executive Board as Congressional Committeewoman. She is also a Sunrise Rotarian and previously worked as an assistant district attorney.

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