Barry Usher

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Barry Usher
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Former candidate for
Montana State Senate, District 20
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Coast Guard
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Barry Usher was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 20 of the Montana State Senate.[1]


Campaign themes


Usher's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Agriculture is undeniably a crucial component to the success of our economy here in Montana. Given that it is our government’s sole responsibility to protect our constitutional rights, I believe that the rights of landowners should be fiercely protected at every turn. Additionally, I oppose any and all government interference and/or regulations that go beyond the scope of constitutionally defined powers.


I wholeheartedly believe in free market principles and support the rights and freedoms of employers and employees alike. As a business owner myself, I have seen firsthand the unnecessary damage that excessive government intervention can cause. Over-regulation does nothing to help small businesses thrive and support our economy, and this issue needs to be addressed.1980-01-01 00.00.58


I spent 14 years in law enforcement. Applying this firsthand knowledge has solidified my belief in personal responsibility and accountability and I approach all issues with that frame of mind.


As a business owner, I am committed to eliminating barriers that prohibit economic development and advocating for more freedom and less government. I believe in limiting regulations, lowering workers’ compensation rates, free market development of Montana industry, and reducing or even eliminating taxes that hinder development.


Though there are many different aspects to the statewide debate going on in regards to Education, I believe we need to focus on reforming the places in which this system is broken. I believe in school choice for parents. I will fight for school choice to innovate and revitalize education. I am strongly opposed to a common core designed in Washington, DC that handcuffs Montana teachers and forces them into a “one size fits all” mold. The bottom line is that our focus needs to be on building a successful future for our children, and not on the demands or regulations from bureaucrats.

Healthcare/ Obamacare

Our country has come to the consensus that our healthcare system was broken. In response, we were presented with Obamacare and the option of Medicaid expansion; two terrible ideas that is causing millions to lose insurance and healthcare prices to skyrocket. A bad solution is not a solution at all. Worse, it prevents us from coming up with a GOOD solution.

The fact of the matter is that we cannot afford Obamacare, and it’s not just about the pricetag. We can’t afford to become entangled in another web of Federal government promises. We can’t afford to throw thousands of people into a system that will likely collapse under it’s own weight. We can’t afford to let Obamacare destroy any more lives. This is not a solution.

Natural Resources

When I grew up, I was taught ‘You leave it how you found it.’ It didn’t matter if it was the toy my next door neighbor loaned me or the campsite we used for a family cookout. Leave it how you found it. I believe natural resource development can thrive under the same principle. Drilling, mining and logging are great for our economy. Just leave it how you found it when you’re done. With this golden rule, we can PRODUCE and PRESERVE in Montana.

Second Amendment

I am a long time member of the NRA, and am in full support of an individual’s Second Amendment rights.[2][3]



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Rod Mogen was unopposed in the Democratic primary, but withdrew before the general election. Hod O'Donnell was appointed as Mogen's replacement. Duane Ankney defeated Barry Usher in the Republican primary. Ankney defeated O'Donnell in the general election. Incumbent Frederick "Eric" Moore (R) ran in District 19.[4][5]

Montana State Senate, District 20 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDuane Ankney 81.3% 6,279
     Democratic Hod O'Donnell 18.7% 1,447
Total Votes 7,726
Montana State Senate, District 20 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDuane Ankney 57.8% 2,239
Barry Usher 42.2% 1,636
Total Votes 3,875

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