Montana Democrats gather for one more rally
By Lailani Upham
Tribal Council members, community members and state representatives pile up front for a group shot before the rally began last Thursday at SKC. (Lailani Upham photo)
PABLO — “It is a sacred right to vote,” stated Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau the minute she took the floor.
State Superintendent Denise Juneau sends a cute smile to visiting supporter during the Democratic rally last Thursday evening on SKC campus. (Lailani Upham photo)
For the first time eight Montana democratic candidates have met in the area to band together and rally the community folks, said Juneau.
Approximately 200 people showed up to mingle and snap photos of them and their favorite candidate.
Attorney General and Governor candidate Steve Bullock, Senator Jon Tester, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Congress candidate Kim Gillan, Attorney General candidate Pam Bucy, Secretary of State candidate Linda McCulloch, State Auditor candidate Monica Lindeen, and local representative Nancy Lindsey were the honored guests last Thursday evening at the Salish Kootenai College Joe McDonald Health and Athletic Center Camas Room.
A crowd of democratic supporters gather to listen to candidate for Governor Steve Bullock’s pep speech at the Camas Room in the Joe McDonald Health and Athletic Center. (Lailani Upham photo)
A collaboration of SKC Student Senate, Lake County Democrats and Native Get Out the Vote groups hosted and fed the guests and supporters to an Indian taco meal to gear up the vigor to get fired up to vote last Tuesday.
Bullock stated he loved that the place was fully energized.
Bucy said it was the largest crowd she has seen so far in the race across the state.
LOL’s (Laughs Out Loud) are heard throughout the rally as the atmosphere of energy kept the room lit from beginning to end. (L to R) Monica Lindeen, State Auditor candidate; Steve Bullock, Attorney General candidate; and Pam Bucy, Attorney General Candidate; with former SKC President Joe McDonald standing behind Bullock. (Lailani Upham photo)
“Your (Native) vote is the most powerful vote,” Bucy said to the crowd.
Bucy had worked as an intern with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes prosecutor’s office during law school. She added that she understands and respects the sovereignty of tribes.
As of the writing of this article, voting across the country was still in progress.