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Meet Valerie

Why I Run

The current members of the PSC are putting NWE shareholders ahead of Montanans. They are fighting & spying on each other, instead of protecting you from unfair rate increases. This is a pocketbook issue for Montanans. We pay among the highest electrical rates in west. 

This needs to stop! I will protect Montanans from unfair utility rate hikes.

I promise voters and rate payers that I will stand up for you, and not rubber stamp NorthWest Energy rate hikes.

From Classroom to Commissioner

I was born and raised in Detroit, MI, but left the Motor City to become an MSU Bobcat, where I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. For 27 years I taught Physical and Special Education in Billings Public Schools, retiring in June, 2017. I have two sons, Rob and Tim; daughter-in-law, Tanya, and three beautiful grandchildren. Helping those who are vulnerable and have no voice has led me to volunteer at Angela’s Piazza, Meals on Wheels, and Hope 2 One Life.

Politics has been a passion of mine since high school when I was a “Goldwater girl”. But as often happens on life’s journey, my political views have evolved and brought me to where I am today. I have always tried to help my students as well as people and families who struggle with addiction, disabilities, hunger and poverty. As an educator and a volunteer, I have witnessed those who are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet, and making painful choices about whether to pay for food, medication, rent or utilities.

Throughout the years, I have worked to elect men and women who will put the needs of working Montanans before the shareholder profits of corporations. I have never aspired to be a politician, but when I saw the failure of the current Public Service Commissioners to protect Montana ratepayers from unfair and unnecessary rate increases, I was moved to act. Honesty, service and integrity have been the hallmarks of my life. I will stand up for what is right and fair. I believe citizens have a responsibility to make a difference for others, if it is within their power to do so.
It is time to put the “public” back into the Public Service Commission, and I intend to that.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Thomas Jefferson