Christopher Pope

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Christopher Pope
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Montana House of Representatives, District 65
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2019
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon, 1975
Master'sYale University, 1988
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Campaign website
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Christopher Pope is a Democratic member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 65. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Pope's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Building a vibrant economy for working Montanans and their families.

The vitality and health of our communities depends upon a robust, entrepreneurial and growing economy capable of delivering well-paying jobs and a sense of opportunity for all Montanans. I have worked for 20 years in Montana-based small business. I know what businesses need to thrive and I will work hard to create jobs and economic opportunity in House District 65 and across the Treasure State.

State government plays a critical role in supporting the Montana business community – preparing a future workforce, assisting with new market development, and helping create conditions for entrepreneurial activity in the state. Montana needs to increase its share of new and emerging markets, and State government must do its part to help businesses transition to best practices of sustainability, technology transfer and industry collaboration.

Protecting Montana’s world-class environment.

Montana is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty – a core contributor to our remarkable quality of life. Clean air and water, world-class wildlife and wild lands, pristine rivers, bountiful parks and public lands, are also an essential part of Montana’s modern economy. I will fight for access to public lands, clean air and water, a serious pragmatic approach to addressing climate change, and leadership in energy conservation and renewable energy development – to ensure that Montana continues to be that special place to live, work and recreate.

Envisioning Healthy Communities.

I believe affordable healthcare for all Montanans is an essential goal, and a core value of our future quality of life here in the Treasure State. A healthy and productive workforce is an immediate outcome. But, it’s also just a beginning to a vision of Healthy Communities: the State needs to move swiftly to improve mental health services, to reduce health care costs to seniors, to encourage active lifestyles in our communities, and to take meaningful steps to end substance abuse that is epidemic across our state, most tragically among our youth.

Excellence in Public Education.

Public education is a cherished institution in the Treasure State – but it demands our constant attention to ensure relevance and achievement in a rapidly changing world. Our kids need to graduate with an improved sense of self, with experience in service and volunteerism, skilled in the new technologies, as citizens ready to assume responsibility in their community and economy. I will advocate for proper funding, merit-based management, and programmatic innovation to promote excellence in our K-12 and higher-ed schools. And, as an extension to excellence in formal education, I will advocate for opportunities for our students to volunteer and to give back to their community – a Montana version of the 21st Century Conservation Corps.

Prioritizing Comprehensive Campaign Reform.

Our democracy is under attack by out–of-state stealth super-PACS seeking to swing Montana elections with dark money, while efforts are underway in-state to shamelessly keep voters from the polling booth. I stand for transparency, citizen participation, comprehensive campaign finance reform and simple democratic principles of one-person, one-vote.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives 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 candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Christopher Pope was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike More defeated Eric Fulton in the Republican primary. Pope defeated More in the general election. Incumbent Kathleen Williams (D) ran in District 61.[3][4]

Montana House of Representatives, District 65 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Pope 56.6% 1,944
     Republican Mike More 43.4% 1,488
Total Votes 3,432
Montana House of Representatives, District 65 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike More 59.2% 350
Eric Fulton 40.8% 241
Total Votes 591

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