MEA-MFT COPE recommends Linda McCulloch for secretary of state

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For Immediate Release: January 27, 2012

For More Information: Eric Feaver, MEA-MFT President, 442-4250

 

MEA-MFT COPE recommends Linda McCulloch – “a champion for voter’s rights and clean elections” – for secretary of state

Linda McCulloch

 

Members of MEA-MFT’s political action committee (called MEA-MFT COPE) have voted unanimously to recommend Linda McCulloch for re-election as Montana’s Secretary of State.

 

COPE members made the recommendation after interviewing McCulloch last weekend in

Helena.

 

“Linda McCulloch is a real champion for voter’s rights,” said Rich Aarstad, a COPE member and historian at the Montana Historical Society.

 

“Across the country, we’re seeing a rash of bad laws that make it harder for people to vote -- especially older folks, college students, and people with disabilities,” Aarstad continued.

 

“Linda won’t let that happen in Montana. Linda believes any eligible voter who wants to vote should be allowed to vote – it’s a right guaranteed by the constitution. She has gone toe-to-toe with legislators who tried to pass voter suppression laws.  We need her to keep fighting for citizens’ rights to have a voice in their government.”

 

COPE member and Bozeman teacher Tami Phillippi said, “I am impressed with the way Linda has promoted civic education in Montana, working with our schools to teach students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of our democracy. Linda’s a former teacher herself, and she’s always thinking about the next generation and Montana’s future.”

 

COPE member Jeff Greenfield of Billings praised McCulloch’s emphasis on clean, fair, honest, and open elections and accessible voter information. 

 

“Linda has brought Montana elections into the 21st century,” Greenfield said.  “The Secretary of State’s web site now allows eligible Montana voters to check the status of their registration, find out where they vote, and lots more. It’s state of the art.”

 

“Linda has really streamlined operations at the secretary of state’s office,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver. “She has cut costs dramatically without cutting jobs or services and without raising fees.”

 

As an example, Feaver pointed to McCulloch’s electronic notification system for businesses that register with the State of Montana. “Linda saved a boatload of money for taxpayers and businesses alike with that new system,” he said.

 

The 35 members of COPE are elected locally by their fellow MEA-MFT members. COPE members live and work in communities across Montana and represent all of MEA-MFT’s membership groups.

 

COPE members make candidate recommendations based on solely on issues and candidate track records, Feaver said. “Our recommendations are party-blind.”

 

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MEA-MFT represents more than 18,000 Montana k-12 teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty, county and state employees, Head Start educators, and health care workers.

 

MEA-MFT Committee On Political Education (COPE) members live in or near the following Montana towns: Anaconda, Billings, Butte, Bozeman, Deer Lodge, East Helena, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula, Polson, Poplar, St. Ignatius, Shelby, Stevensville, and Whitefish.

 

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