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Message from the President
It has begun! Yes, really the 2016 political season is now in full swing. On the national level, the multitude of presidential candidates finally found out if their messages have any political appeal with the February 1st Iowa Caucus. There will three more state primary elections or caucuses this month. March brings “Super Tuesday,” where 14 states will have presidential primaries. I can’t imagine what it will be like in those states between now and March 1. With all but seven states holding presidential primaries by June, when Montana holds it presidential primary, I wonder if any of us in those states will even see a presidential candidate.
On the other hand, the Montana political season opened last month. To qualify for the June 14th Primary Election, the candidates for all the state wide offices – Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, the three Montana Supreme Court seats and the Montana Legislature have until March 14 to file for election. Now is the time to get to know the candidates and find out their views on the issues. Invite them in your bank to meet your bankers and explain to them the role your bank plays in your community and the local economy. To find out who are the candidates in your community, the Montana Secretary of State’s web site has an up-to-date listing of candidates. Click here: Candidates. If you develop a relationship with them now, once elected they will see you as a resource on business and banking issues. Like hometown banking, success in the legislative process depends on quality relationships.