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April 8, 2010

James Steele, Jr. announces candidacy for Montana Legislature

Invites public to meet Steele, discuss ideas
James Steele, Jr. hopes to bring a native voice to the State Legislature. (courtesy photo)
James Steele, Jr. hopes to bring a native voice to the State Legislature. (courtesy photo)

PABLO — James Steele, Jr. has announced his candidacy for House District 15 that includes voters from Arlee to Ronan to above Glacier Park.

For the past 6 years, Steele has been on the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Council. He was the Council Chair for two terms and has also been a representative to numerous national and international gatherings. Last year he was selected to be a presenter at an international environmental conference in Denmark.

“I’m running to keep the focus on serving people and ensuring your legislative representatives reflect the values and priorities of our community,” said Steele.

Steele is a graduate of the University of Montana. He has been the Chair of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, worked in various negotiation sessions and has taught government classes at Salish Kootenai College. During his career he has also served on the Flathead Basin Commission, the Montana Community Service Commission and the NAS Advisory Board at Washington State University.

“My years of public service have given me the opportunity to listen and respond to the needs of many members of our community,” said Steele. “Our communities deserve a representative in the state capitol who will listen and work hard for them.”

The candidate will host a reception at the theater on the campus of Salish Kootenai College between 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Everyone is welcome to come meet the candidate and join him in a discussion of ideas and hopes for the future of Montana. Joining him will be State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and State Representative Shannon Augare.

Contact James Steele, Jr. at (406) 123-1212, or e-mail at

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