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  • Troy Downing

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    Shane A. Morigeau

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Describe your qualifications and experience for the office.

Please explain your reasons for running for this office.

What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

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My background in forestry and law, including working as a criminal prosecutor, coupled with my legislative background of working with Republicans and Democrats shows I’ll be a strong advocate for Montanans as Auditor and on the Land Board. This is a consumer protection office: I have a proven record protecting Montanans. I worked across the aisle to make healthcare more affordable, protect children, and provide vocational opportunities for students. I’m ready to hit the ground running for the upcoming legislative session. I’m from Montana, and grew up in a low income family on the Flathead Reservation. Montana deserves an independent voice who listens to our communities to help improve access to affordable, quality insurance.
Too many Montanans are uninsured or under-insured. There's a lack of transparency in healthcare costs, and Montanans deserve a consumer champion working to hold insurance and investment industries accountable. I'm running because I see this office as an opportunity to protect people with preexisting conditions, protect veterans and seniors, crack down on junk insurance and fraud, and protect our public lands on the state Land Board. Montana is the Last Best Place, and Montanans deserve an Auditor who will work tirelessly to improve our quality of life and make sure no one falls through the cracks.
My top three goals are: Keeping rates fair and protecting Montanans; fighting for parity in healthcare, especially mental and behavioral health care across Montana communities; and protecting our public lands on the Land Board. The first two are vital consumer protection roles for the office. I’ll staff the office with Montana’s best experts in insurance and securities, regardless of political party. I’ll work with insurance whenever needed, but I won’t hesitate to defend Montanans and demand fair, affordable rates. I'll defend Montana's gender neutral protections in insurance. And, on the Land Board, I'll stand up to backroom deals that threaten public access.
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