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The Committee
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Terry Nelson
I was blessed to be able to grow up in Stevensville. After graduating from Montana State University in Engineering, I returned to the Bitterroot Valley to work for my wife’s family business, Applebury Survey. I have done surveying and land planning in the valley for the past 25 years, having spent the past 6 years as the Ravalli County Planning Department Administrator. I have been married to my wife, Darlene, for 26 years and we have 4 wonderful children.

I have been involved in politics since helping form and becoming president of a voter education group, Voters Opportunity To Educate (VOTE) in 2000. Getting involved with the Republican Central Committee in the mid 2000’s, I have held the positions of precinct captain, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman. I have also been elected to the State GOP Executive Board for the past 6 years and was recently elected as the State Vice Chairman for the Montana Republicans.

With the remarkable team we have in our Central Committee, we have successfully created a deep red county in Ravalli County. With that same teamwork and determination, the Ravalli County team is now poised to make Montana a solid Republican State.​​
Theresa Manzella
Vice Chairman
I value the trust I have earned  from the citizens and will be honored to continue representing them as I fight to achieve better results in economic growth and limited government for our state and our district.

The four primary issues I will focus on in the 2017 legislative session are: Protecting private property rights, developing jobs through proper use and management of natural resources, protecting access and multiple use of public lands and protecting our resources from federal refugee resettlement programs.
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Nancy Ballance

Ravalli County Republican Central Comittee Vice Chair 2015-2016. Treasurer 2016-present. 

​I process and account for all financial transactions, report financial status to RCRCC, and file all required reports with the Commissioner of Political Practices.
Currently serving my 3rd term in the Montana House of Representatives, representing HD87, Victor, Corvallis, Pinesdale, Stevensville.  Served as Chair of House Appropriations for the past 2 terms.  Also currently serving as Chair of the joint Senate/House Legislative Finance Committee.
My goal in the Legislature is to continue to develop and monitor budgets that are structurally balanced, while leaving sufficient reserve funds to manage the state's financial obligations and provide funding for the essential services mandated by law
Susanna Pyron

For sixty years I have been interested in politics.  I started knocking doors in East Los Angeles in 1960.  I found that ignorance is our enemy, including mine. 

I would like to see more people take an interest and participate in our “self-government” which is unique.  Our Declaration of Independence and our U. S. Constitution remind us that a moral society is necessary to protect our freedom and safety.  Every citizen should be able to defend these documents.

For over thirty years I have lived in our beautiful Bitterroot Valley.  I thank my friends here for making my life so enjoyable.
Judy Kline
Finance Chair

I was Iowa born into a Christian conservative, Republican family. Moving to MT in 1974, I and my husband, Robert M. Kline Sr., joined North Valley Pachyderm Club where I, in time, served as President. We served multiple terms as Ravalli County State Committeeman and Committeewoman until Robert's death in 2007. 

I continue to serve as Precinct #17 Captain and was recently elected as Finance Chair for Ravalli County Republican Central Committee.

My goal as Finance Chair is to acquire adequate funds from donors and fundraisers to provide financial support in the election of Republican candidates.
Hollis Poe
State Committee Man
I came to Ravalli County in the mid nineties as a business man and immediately began to concern myself in community issues. My wife and I, Jeannie, became involved in politics. We soon found ourselves as Precinct Captains that led to campaign efforts and all manner of grassroots volunteering. I have served on numerous County boards. For the last eleven years, I have been State Committeeman for Ravalli County acting as liaison between the local Central Committee and State, as well as National leaders. I was on the committee that brought the current State Platform Preamble into being along with numerous other significant improvements to our State Platform.

My aim is not for self but to serve my Lord as I serve others in civil government seeing to it that our Lord is part of the equation, always.  I consider myself to be a Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Republican in that order. Wherever, in my theater, there are issues being contested I can be found right there in the front line. I care very much about this great land and it’s awesome people. Our Judaic-Christian heritage is sacred to me.
Jeannie Poe
State Committee Woman

After arriving with my husband, Hollis, I hit the ground running with the notion that this great State is worth protecting for our future generations. I am the “Let’s get ‘er done” person and will always be where ever the action is. With vast front line experience I have seen many awesome leaps forward in our county and will never get tired of winning. I can be found lobbying for the side of the unborn as well as for rights to keep and bear arms. If I can just figure out how to arm the unborn there will be no more abortion issues.

I have worked at the State Central Committee level for the last eleven years and have taken part in many significant issues. I carried the amendment which became our State Platform Preamble and have been in the fight for numerous platform upgrades.

My passion is events and putting them on. I am like my husband in that I am a strong Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Republican.​​
Robert J. Garding
Events Vice Chair
I was born in Havre Montana in 1957. Grew up in a family owned campground business. I learned to play the piano and then guitar at a very young age. I started entertaining others at the age of 15. That practice continues today.
I have owned NAPA Auto in Stevensville for the last 19 years so I understand the challenges that small businesses face in terms of taxation, regulation and health care just to name a few. This is the main reason I chose to focus on advancing a conservative agenda on a local level. It's a ground up movement and each citizen has the duty of holding our government accountable for ALL they do.

Proud to serve and represent Ravalli County in an effort to return our country to it's former status as a true world leader. 
Pat Earnest
Public Relations Vice Chair
Moving to Montana 27 years ago, I began calling voters in July 2016 for the MT GOP, knowing that it was going to be a historic election and wanting to help. I am a Christian Constitutional Conservative Republican, in that order and I quickly learned about how blessed we were to have very hard working people running for office in Montana.

From there I jumped right into becoming a Precinct Chairman and having years of background in public relations, it seemed a good fit to accept this office by serving our central committee, keeping things current on the website as well as working with the media, newsletter, and just being the voice to the public of the great things our Republican party is always doing as we raise funds and get our candidates elected.
Elections Vice Chair
"I am boots on the ground, listening, and helping when and where needed."
Precinct Captains
Darrel McCall
JoAnn Kinyon
Ron Stoker
Judy Haefner
Patrick Grimm
Margaret Parker
Andy Larsen
Claudia Larsen
Dale Lewis
Derrell Poole
John Stuart
Jim Burrill
Carol Burrill
​Zach Strain
Charles Wissenbach
Megan DeJong
Wayne Mooney
Josiah Van Kirk
Gordon Wax
Jim Canton
Sue McCreary
Jenny L. Erickson
Dallas Erickson
​Dave Hurtt
Matt Mellott

Our State Platform

Why is this Platform important?

This Platform sets forth the Montana Republican Party’s positions on major issues facing the citizens of the Treasure State. It is meant to communicate what the Party stands for; to instruct local, state, and federal GOP officeholders; and to serve as a basis for crafting strategies for both legislative and civic action.

What do Republicans believe?

The Montana Republican Party subscribes to a set of principles that transcend specific policy issues while guiding the positions the Party takes on those issues. These principles derive directly from the wisdom of America’s Founders, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Republicans believe “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Republicans believe that to secure these God-given rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Republicans believe that the Constitution of the United States of America is a unique and binding compact, which defines a republican form of government designed to protect the rights of citizens by limiting the power of their government.

Republicans believe that the Constitution is as relevant today as it was on the day it was ratified. It is not an evolving, ever-changing document.

Republicans believe that centralization of political power invites the replacement of the rule of law by the rule of men and thus enables the rise of totalitarianism.

Republicans believe that each level of government should continuously strive to limit the scope of its own activity and to avoid infringing upon the lawful activities of free citizens.

Republicans believe in the dignity of each individual person and in promoting opportunities for all.

Republicans believe that a robust civil society—traditional families, churches, and various voluntary associations of free citizens—is essential for sustaining self-government.

Republicans believe that in the absence of free markets and secure property rights, personal and political freedom cannot long flourish.

Republicans believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and that only parents have the right to direct all reproductive decisions for their minor children.

Who We Are

Montanan Republicans are men and women of all walks of life and of all creeds and colors. We are grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state. We are united in viewing the United States of America as an exceptional nation that in its inception broke the historical norm. We celebrate being self-governing, free citizens. We recognize the debt we owe those citizens who came before us, and we gladly acknowledge our duty to pass the gift of liberty on to our children and grandchildren.

If you share these values, please join us!

The Committee has regular meetings the firstTuesday of every month.  
The Eboard has regular meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month.

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Who We Support

President of the United States                                                   Donald Trump
Vice President of the United States                                           Mike Pence

Montana US Senator                                                                    Steve Daines
Montana US Representative                                                       Greg Gianforte
Montana Attorney General                                                          Tim Fox
Montana State Auditor                                                                 Matt Rosendale
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction                        Elsie Arntzen
Montana Secretary of State                                                         Corey Stapleton

Region 4 Public Service Commissioner                                      Bob Lake

Montana Senate District 43                                                          Pat Connell
Montana Senate District 44                                                          Fred Thomas

Montana Representative District 85                                           Theresa Manzella
Montana Representative District 86                                           Ron Ehli
Montana Representative District 87                                           Nancy Ballance
Montana Representative District 88                                           Ed Greef

Ravalli Commissioner District 1                                                   Ray Hawk
Ravalli Commissioner District 2                                                   Greg Chilcott
Ravalli Commissioner District 3                                                   Chris Hoffman
Ravalli Commissioner District 4                                                   Jeff Burrows
Ravalli Commissioner District 5                                                   Doug Schallenberger

Ravalli County Attorney                                                                Bill Fullbright
Ravalli Treasurer                                                                            Dan Whitesitt
Ravalli Clerk and Recorder                                                           Regina Plettenberg
Ravalli Clerk of Court                                                                     Paige Trautwein
Ravalli County Public Administrator                                           Jennifer Lint

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