John Engen, Marilyn Marler, Ellie Hill, SK Rossi, Heather Harp, Heidi West, Andrew Person,
Abby Huseth, Zack Porter, Claire Charlo,
Dustin Monroe, Kat Werner, Jess Zephyrs,
Nick Shontz, Mark Myriad, Cathy Richman, Melissa Silverman, Jody Jakob, Jill Howard
Missoula's Westside and Riverfront neighborhoods need a progressive voice in Helena. Danny Tenenbaum is running to be that voice. As a public defender in Missoula, Danny fights every day for the constitutional rights and human dignity of Montanans who've been:
denied health care
stopped for driving while Native
put on a waiting list when they sought out treatment
prosecuted as adults even though they're children
arrested for filming the police
jailed for possessing marijuana
punished for exercising their treaty hunting rights
As House District 95's representative, Danny will bring the same fight to the Montana Legislature, while always maintaining a strict open-door, contact-anytime policy.
Health care is a human right. Our current system, however, prioritizes profits over Montanans' health. We must reduce prescription drug prices, expand addiction and mental health treatment, mandate transparent medical billing, and kick junk insurance plans to the curb.
Funding for public education has been decimated. We must end poverty pay for Montana teachers, dramatically increase state funding for higher education, and reject any and all attempts to privatize public schools.
Montana's public lands, waters, and wildlife are what unite us all. We must end the constant efforts to sell them off to the highest bidder. Future generations are depending on us.
The Montana legislature has done nothing to fight climate change, leaving the problem for future generations. The time to act is now. We must eliminate pointless obstacles to solar and wind projects, promote density and multi-family housing, and deter development in the wildland-urban interface.
Criminal justice reform
In the past few years we've seen important bipartisan reforms to Montana's sentencing and probation laws. Our criminal justice system still relies on cash bail and a web of predatory fees and fines that disproportionately punishes the poor. Courts should be halls of justice, not collections agencies.
Danny worked as a dockhand, ESL teacher, carnie, and sandwich artist before graduating with a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Wisconsin. After a stint in AmeriCorps on the US-Mexico border, he became an overseas refugee officer with the federal government where he helped 1000's of families to flee persecution and resettle in the US.
After several years abroad, Danny went to law school and became a public defender, first in Tribal Court on the Flathead Reservation, and later handling appeals to the Montana Supreme Court. In the past year he's won battles to secure Montanans' freedom from repetitive prosecutions, and to strengthen our constitutional right to both a speedy trial and effective assistance of counsel.
Outside of the courtroom, Danny and his wife Bracha are volunteers with Soft Landing Missoula, where they help a newly-arrived refugee family begin life in the US. Danny also provides pro-bono assistance to refugees through the International Refugee Assistance Project. He spends his free time backpacking, canoeing, and playing board games. Bracha and Danny have a one-year old son, Abe.
Paid for by Danny for Montana, P.O. Box 8612, Missoula, MT 59807
Barbara Berens, Treasurer