As the mother of four, Corrine's gateway issue into political engagement was adequate funding for public education. She has watched as our local and state Republican representation systematically try to underfund Montana schools and promote private, religious and charter schools. She served on the Hamilton School Board for nine years while her children attended the district.
Corrine moved here with her husband, Mark, 30 years ago. Her husband has owned and operated Timber Builders, a successful local timber frame manufacturing company, for 25 years. They support seven families with living wage, value added timber product jobs. Corrine is his office manager.
She has also been the secretary/treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Grange for eight years
Nancy Neal is a retired mother of six and grandmother of 10. Nancy spent 35 years running a health care business. In 2014 and 2016 she ran for the state legislature in HD 86. Since 2015 she has acted as the Treasurer for RCDCC and the Queen Bee of the Farmer's Market in Hamilton.
Now that all the children are grown, she is the proud mom of two fur babies, Sophie and Mia.
Margaret is retired from a long career in Recreation Planning in the Forest Service. She has a BS from the University of Washington and an M.L.A from the University of California Berkeley.
She is committed to the value of environmental planning as a way of paving a sustainable future for us all. She ran for the Montana State House of Representative in District 88 in 2016 and 2018.
Skip is retired from a long career as a Wildlife Biologist in the Forest Service. He has a BS from Cornell University in New York and an M.S. from Colorado State University.
He is passionate about working on behalf of wildlife and strives for practical solutions to protect habitat to sustain wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
As the youngest member of the Ravalli County Democrats executive board, Mary's number one focus is on how to engage young families in local politics. Mary's two young sons are often at meetings and she is passionate about getting others in her peer group (and younger) involved.
Mary moved to the Bitterroot in 2016 after gaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho and adventuring around the West Coast. She began volunteering and participating in community events. She sits on the board of Evergreen Kids Corner Cooperative Preschool, Washington Primary School FFE, Bike Walk Bitterroot, and is SAFE's Marketing and Development Coordinator. Mary has helped organize and host multiple events for local, state, and national candidates and hopes to continue hosting candidates who are running for open seats while making sure that young people of all ages feel welcome to engage with their candidates.
When Mary and her sons are not participating in politics you can find them outside enjoying the Bitterroot's endless outdoor opportunities.
Linda moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 2011 to be near her daughter and granddaughters. Not very long after her move, she joined the Ravalli County Democratic Central Committee. She is an alternate representative of the RCDCC to the state Democratic party and has served as the secretary of the RCDCC.
Rich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 then joined the Navy as an officer. In 1972, he chucked his military career to attend the University of Arkansas Law School where he was the editor-in-chief of the Law Review. From there, he enjoyed a four-year stint at the Securities Exchange Commission before returning to law school at the University of Washington. Rich practiced law in Seattle from 1979 to 1994.
Rich moved on from the law in 1994 to own and operate his own apparel company. When he tired of that venture, he opened a neighborhood bistro which he operated for four years before retiring to the Bitterroot.
Bridget received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a MAT from Sacred Heart University. She has lived in Italy, Lithuania (US Peace Corps), Colombia, Egypt, and Israel and had many an excellent adventure while travelling to an additional 30 countries.
She has worked as an editor, a kibbutz volunteer, a nanny, an elementary school teacher, a barista and as a political organizer. When she is not volunteering for the Ravalli Democrats she is running with her two dogs, Lola and Sully, or reading on the couch with Tab in hand.