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Message from the President
The deadline for Montana candidates to file for election is today, March 14. Both political parties are working furiously to "enlist" people to run for one of the many offices up for election beginning with the June primary and ending with the November general election. June seems like a long way away, but with the growth of absentee mail ballot voting, the primary election really begins on May 14. The Montana Secretary of State's website has the most current listing of candidates, for both legislative and non-legislative races, posted on her website, (.). There is a navigation button on the site's landing page, "See Who Has Filed." So, now is the time to get to know the candidates as they ramp up their campaigns, especially those candidates that are facing a primary challenge.
This week over a 1000 bankers and bank association staffs are attending the ABA Spring Government Relations Summit. Joining MBA Immediate Past Chair Kevin Clark are Don Bennett - Freedom Bank, Wayne Hirsch - US Bank, Warren Bauder - First Security Bank- Bozeman, Ed Garding - First Interstate Bank and Steve Turkiewicz - Montana Bankers Association. We will be meeting with the Congressional Delegation and their staffs to continue the reg relief effort. Besides meeting with our delegation, we will be hearing from Congressional Committee Chairs with banking policy oversight as well as the bank regulators. More to come.