John

meyer

for

Governor

As a Montanan, I am deeply grateful for the landscapes, opportunities, freedoms and lifestyle I enjoy in this “last, best place.” As a Democrat, I believe that by ensuring and expanding these blessings for every Montanan, we will improve the quality of life for all Montanans.

Within this framework of belief, I am guided by these enduring principles:

Platform

Environment

Take what you need, not what you want.

Energy

Montana is going to start a clean energy revolution. By securing federal funding, we can create new jobs to build new solar and wind manufacturing facilities and site the panels and turbines in southeast Montana.  We can tie the energy into the grid at Hardin. I’ll work with Governor Bullock to re-regulate Montana energy. Energy made in Montana should stay in Montana.

International Relations

I believe that the United States of America should treat all nations and peoples with the same dignity and respect we expect of one another.

Justice – Crime and Punishment

I believe that the best approach to reducing crime is to understand why the crime was committed. By understanding the mentality of criminals, we can create an atmosphere where people do not feel the need to commit a crime.

Taxation

As an entrepreneur, I dislike taxes, but believe they are essential for the common good. They pay for the roads we use and the public schools we attended.

American Indians

Montanans have a particular obligation to Montana’s First People. We must learn from them and work to protect their cultural integrity.

Good Government

Good government meets its constitutional obligations to protect health and safety and to promote community and culture. At every level, good government is open, accountable, and responsive to the people.

Jobs and the Economy

Instead of correlating the health of our economy with job growth, I believe we need to focus on the health and happiness of our citizens. Montana's economy will flourish if we work together to ensure the well-being of our citizens.

Labor

I believe you should get an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. Montana workers deserve safety, security, and dignity as conditions of their employment, as well as conditions for their retirement after a lifetime of hard work.

Veterans and Active Military

We need to take care of our veterans and question the Government any time it wants to send Montanans to war.

Women

My Mother was a pioneer. She used a torch and cut slabs of steel in a mill outside of Gary, Indiana for nearly 20 years.  She taught me to stand up for what I believe in and for that I am very grateful.

Cultural Enrichment

I believe that the arts, libraries, museums, and cultural experiences are essential to Montana.

Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation

I moved to Montana in 1999 to enjoy our spectacular landscapes, clean waters, and abundant fish and wildlife. I became an environmental attorney to protect this integral part of our heritage, identity, and lifestyle. I believe in the public ownership of the fish, wildlife, streams and rivers of our state and work to ensure the government holds these resources in trust for the beneficial use of our citizens and future generations. As outdoor recreation continues to grow into its powerful role in helping shape Montana's economy, we must check in with ourselves and others to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the same opportunities and experiences we have.

Public Education

Public education is vital to Montana. It fosters understanding, acceptance, and community—things that make Montana such a desirable place to live. I would like to work with Senator Bernie Sanders to provide a free college education to anyone that wants it. 

bio

I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives because I want to protect the people, forests, water and wildlife in Montana.

I come from a blue collar family in northwest Indiana. I am the first person in my family to graduate from a four year college. My Mother cut slabs of steel and my Dad started out pumping gas at a full-service gas station. I spent as much time as I could building three story tree houses and catching crayfish and snapping turtles in the local stream.

I moved to Missoula in 1999 and received a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from the University of Montana in 2003. I helped start Students for Economic and Social Justice while in Missoula, which has been credited for getting UM to break its contract with a clothing manufacturer because of workplace conditions.

After graduation, I worked seasonally for the Flathead and Tongass National Forests in Montana and Alaska as a biological and timber technician. Surveying for rare and threatened plants alone in grizzly bear country in northwest Montana is the best job I have ever had. As a timber technician, I watched as the Forest Service failed to protect streams and wildlife from timber sales. My work for the Forest Service made me decide to go to law school.

I graduated with honors from Vermont Law School in 2009 and immediately moved back to Montana where I started Cottonwood Environmental Law Center. Cottonwood is a group of free-thinking rabble rousers dedicated to protecting the people, forests, water and wildlife of the West. Cottonwood has stopped the construction of a $550 million coal railroad in southeast Montana, settled a major Clean Water Act lawsuit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and used the Endangered Species Act to protect critical habitat for Canada lynx and elk.

When I am not working to protect our public lands and water I like to use it to hunt, climb, back country ski and mountain bike.