I’m Melissa Smith, and I’m a fourth-generation Montanan, a professional pianist, and a teacher, currently living and working in Great Falls, MT. I’m running to represent House District 23 in the Montana Legislature.
HD 23 contains most of the residential population of Great Falls immediately south of 10th Ave. S., in addition to the blocks south of 2nd Ave. S and west of 9th Street, and the region south of 3rd Ave. N and west of 3rd Street.
I was raised in Havre, with my Summers spent with my grandparents in the Flathead Valley. I received a first-class education here, from Kindergarten in Havre through my BA from the University of Montana.
I have been involved in community organizing, running individual campaigns, and non-profits of all kinds since my University days. I have enjoyed that work immensely; however, I am now seeking a seat at the table that makes Montana laws and passes the budget, since our values are reflected by where our money gets spent.
My campaign focuses on three core issues: conservation and preservation of public lands, with an emphasis on clean air, water and wildlife habitat; quality public education including pre-school education for all Montana students; and reimagining public safety, wherein we protect our communities by emphasizing public health, food security, inclusion, and diversity.