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Jordan likes Powers

| September 16, 2020 6:35 AM

Debo Powers cares about people. When we elect her to return to the Montana State legislature for House District 3 (Columbia Falls, North Fork and the Canyon), she will represent not only locals, but all Montanans as well. Debo is a smart, strong, experienced, independent woman, who we need in Helena.

She taught U.S. History and Government for 20 years in public high school, and was a grade school principal for another 13 years, so she knows public education, what works, what doesn’t, and how to make it better.

Her father was career military, so Debo understands and empathizes with Montana veterans and active-duty service men and women. She’s been a Forest Service Lookout, so she knows the value of public lands in public hands, and understands the U.S. Forest Service operations in Montana.

Debo participated in the Whitefish Range Partnership that over 13 months brought a diverse group of loggers, snowmobilers, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers and wilderness advocates together to create a unanimously approved proposal for the Whitefish Range that became part of the Flathead Forest Plan.

Her experience and wisdom shows Debo knows how to get the job done, to find collaborative solutions to problems and work with diverse interests to make good things happen for all Montanans.

Debo is real. At a recent volunteer day putting up highway signs for her campaign, at the end of

the day as we finished our hard work, Debo recited the poem “To Be Of Use” by Marge Piercy, that she noted was appropriate for our effort. It reads in part: The people I love the best

jump into work head first

without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight . . .

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out . . .

Debo Powers understands hard work that will benefit all Montanans.

Gil Jordan Coram