Michael Comstock

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Michael Comstock
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Former candidate for
Montana State Senate, District 34
Campaign website
Michael Comstock was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 34 of the Montana State Senate.

Comstock was a 2010 Republican candidate for District 32 of the Montana State Senate.[1] Comstock switched parties from Republican to Democratic by filing to run as a Democrat in the 2012 elections.[1] He said that made the switch to "change the 'would-be communists' from within."[1]


Campaign themes


Comstock's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

These are ideas that I think are important. These aren't liberal or conservative, but are issues that I feel are worthy of consideration. As an elected Senator to represent SD-34, I would vote the will of my constituency rather than my personal stance on these issues:
  • fiscal sustainability: cut or grow state govt
  • taxes: increase, reduce, OK for now
  • jobs for Montanans; how can we create more jobs ?
  • return power to the people; can we be trusted to make good choices ?
  • legislature return to annual sessions as prescribed in MT constitution
  • overhaul of MT unemployment insurance: is this a good idea ?
  • repeal business equipment tax: what do you want to do ?
  • develop MT natural resources: to what extent ?
  • personal responsibility vs nanny state
  • environmental responsibility: to what level and in what areas ?
  • individual liberty and freedom: states rights vs federal powers[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. April Buonamici defeated Michael Comstock in the Democratic primary. Gordon Vance defeated Ted Washburn in the Republican primary. Vance defeated Buonamici in the general election. Incumbent Scott Sales (R), who was not up for re-election, was reassigned to District 35 by redistricting.[4][5]

Montana State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGordon Vance 69.7% 4,518
     Democratic April Buonamici 30.3% 1,963
Total Votes 6,481
Montana State Senate, District 34 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngApril Buonamici 74.2% 535
Michael Comstock 25.8% 186
Total Votes 721
Montana State Senate, District 34 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGordon Vance 53.3% 1,181
Ted Washburn 46.7% 1,033
Total Votes 2,214


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2012

Comstock ran in the 2012 election for Montana State Senate, District 34. Comstock ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and was defeated by Scott Sales (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Montana State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Sales 64.3% 7,994
     Democratic Michael Comstock 35.7% 4,444
Total Votes 12,438


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Comstock was defeated by Larry Jent in the general election. Comstock defeated Thomas Mid Mosser in the primary.

Montana State Senate, District 32 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Jent (D) 4,753
Michael Comstock (R) 4,108


Party affiliation

Comstock's 2012 and 2014 runs were called into question by the Gallatin County Democrats, who accused him of posturing in order to advance conservative causes. Committee member Billy McWilliams told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that a resolution passed in 2013 to distance the county party from politically dishonest members was in response to Comstock as well as state House candidates Dane Peeples and Kathy Hollenback. Comstock told the same publication, "I think I am a Democrat. The people I've heard from in SD 34 think I'm a Democrat. And no one from the Democratic committee has ever invited me to anything, so how can they say I'm not a Democrat[?]"[8]

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