Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Missoula County Commissioner Strohmaier backs Keogh for HD 91
Dave Strohmaier, Missoula Current Letter to the Editor
"...More often than not what we try to accomplish in county government is in spite of, not because of, the legislature in Helena. Connie will help change that dynamic. Having lived and worked in both eastern and western Montana, and having resided in both urban and rural areas, Connie knows the state and will hit the ground running.
Considering her work as an educator, passionate conservationist, and supporter of organized labor, I’m confident Connie will advocate for local government. Cutting to the chase, I believe that Connie is the candidate best poised in House District 91 to blend experience and vision to realize results for Missoula County." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
-- Dave Strohmaier is a Missoula County Commissioner and former Missoula City Councilor
Monday, May 14, 2018
Keogh is well-qualified candidates
Susie Orr, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"Missoula is fortunate to have well-qualified candidates running in the Democratic legislative primary, particularly women candidates... All of these women bring a breadth of knowledge and experience that will serve Missoulians well in the legislature...
Connie Keogh's experience as a teacher and conservationist allows her to work across the aisle with a certain Republican majority to get work done." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Tuesday May 8, 2018
Keogh will bring solidly reliable position on resource and agriculture issues
Daniel Kemmis, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"...This year, those of us who live in House District 91 have a choice among some excellent candidates in the Democratic primary. One of them – Connie Keogh – will bring to the Legislature her solidly reliable position on issues like education, health care, social equity and gun safety, but she will also bring her upbringing on a ranch east of the divide, and her years of involvement in resource and agriculture issues as an active member of the Northern Plains Resource Council and Montana Conservation Voters. To gain Missoula a little extra credibility in Helena, I urge you to vote for Connie Keogh." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)
-- Daniel Kemmis is Former Speaker of the Montana House and Former Mayor of Missoula
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
With the June 5 primary approaching, these are the candidates and contests to watch.
Missoula Independent (Read full story)
House District 91
"...Connie Keogh, a retired teacher, won the backing of the district’s state senator, Sue Malek, as well as county commissioner Dave Strohmeier and City Council members Gwen Jones and Heather Harp. Keogh cites her career teaching elementary and special education and involvement with Montana conservation organizations as contributing to her political ambitions. K–12 funding and environmental issues are among Keogh’s top priorities, but her platform is wide-ranging, and includes improved access to abortions for rural and low-income women, raising taxes on the wealthy to restore funding for health-care services and policies that promote renewable-energy development."
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
Keogh can make progress across aisle
Denver Henderson, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"...What sets Connie Keogh apart is that she knows how to work on the other side of the aisle.The reality is that Republicans will likely control the Legislature, and committees will be stacked in conservatives’ favor. Democrats will need to work skillfully to make progress on issues we care about as a community..." (Read full Letter to the Editor in our Press Archive)
Saturday, Apr 21, 2018
Keogh cares deeply, works diligently
Pamela Boyd, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"... [Connie] cares deeply about hearing the issues that matter to the people of Missoula. Keogh's background in education, conservation and climate change have won her recognition and respect across the state and she has worked with diligence to champion those causes.
As a nurse practitioner, I have talked with Keogh at length about health care and I know that she is committed to health care for all Montanans no matter their income or ability. She understands that prevention and early intervention will save our state many hundreds of thousands of dollars. She knows that for children to learn they must be healthy." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Keogh committed to winning, serving
Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"...Many Missoulians have met [Connie] Keogh, as she's knocked on more doors and attended more events than I thought humanly possible the past few months. Even though I've known Keogh in many capacities (teacher, ranch kid, fellow student, friend and colleague) and for a long time, I've never seen her work harder, or care more deeply about an undertaking. She is committed to running, winning and serving.
You could not find a candidate on either side of the aisle who knows Montana better or cares more about the welfare of the state and its citizens. Because of decades of activism, Keogh is known and respected all across the state. This depth of connection will make her effective in working on issues of importance to all Montanans.
Keogh goes the extra mile. She listens, reads, consults and collaborates. She's concerned about issues all thoughtful Montanans are concerned about. She's trustworthy and steady and she'll bring all these amazing traits, and all that great energy, to work for her constituents and all of Montana..."(Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Keogh stands out with hard work
Robin Hamilton, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"...An educator for 35 years, [Keogh] will fight for better funding for education, better training for teachers, and better conditions in schools across the state.
Keogh will also be a powerful advocate for protection of public lands and continued access to these essential pieces of Montana. She understands the priorities of all parts of the state, having grown up on a ranch in south-central Montana before finally settling in Missoula.
When choosing among good candidates in a primary election, I am persuaded by one critical factor: hard work. Keogh started early and continues to try to make contact with everyone in her district and does the leg work required of a successful candidate. I am sure that Keogh will work as hard in Helena as she has on her campaign." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Keogh shows energy, determination
Mary DeNevi, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"...Keogh's energy and determination in running her campaign bode well for her constituents if she is elected. She has knocked on virtually every door in her district. She loves to be invited in for a visit, listens carefully to what people say and follows up with notes about her neighbors’ hopes and concerns for Montana.
She cares about public education, having been an educator for decades. She has demonstrated her commitment to conservation, the environment and public lands through service. She supports a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and mandatory hunters' safety courses, among other common-sense approaches to curb the epidemic of gun violence." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Friday, March 16, 2018
Keogh for schools, lands, energy
C. Burt Caldwell, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"Montana has a lot of sunny days, wind and rivers, together capable of providing more energy than we need. Renewable energy will reduce our carbon footprint and Keogh will champion these energy sources and reducing the energy cost for the average Montana family." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Keogh will help protect public lands
Rita Wolfe, Missoulian Letter to the Editor
"[Connie Keogh] believes that public lands are critical to our quality of life. She understands that public lands are crucial for the clean air and water that make our communities livable, and they are what makes the outdoor recreation economy thrive in Montana. Keogh supports keeping public lands in public hands, protecting Montana's constitutional guarantee of a clean and healthful environment...." (Read full LTE in our Press Archive)
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Moving Montana Forward!
Connie Keogh will file for Missoula's House District 91
Missoula, MT. Missoula resident Connie Keogh a lifelong educator, a mentor to prospective teachers, and a proud mother and grandmother has been a Democratic candidate in Missoula's HD 91 since last summer, knocking on doors and meeting voters. Yet she had to wait until today, Thursday January 11, to officially file for her MT House seat. She has traveled to Helena today, along with other Democrats, to file for this office in Helena.
" 'If there is a job to do—just do it!' That's what I learned at an early age from my dad, who was a hard-working, third generation Montana rancher," said Keogh. "Since then, I have raised a family, worked 35 years as an educator, and volunteered countless hours to help elect other candidates, and to issues I believe in and support, especially environmental causes."
Keogh brings years of personal and professional experience to this race including leadership skills, teaching experience, and the 'can do' attitude honed from years of hard work on the south-central Montana ranch where she grew up. Montana has a diverse landscape and population, and having lived, and worked, in both rural and urban communities, in the east and in the west, she has a unique understanding of the complex issues and challenges facing them both. Keogh will commit the time and energy to thoroughly understand the issues, and work toward creating positive solutions that benefit all Montanans.
"As your State Senator for HD 91/92 I am delighted to endorse candidate Connie Keogh for HD 91," said Sue Malek, MT State Senator, SD 46. "Connie has the maturity, knowledge and passion for this work. She knows Missoula and she knows Montana. Connie is the best candidate to expand on the good work of Rep. Bryce Bennett, who is termed out. Please join me in supporting candidate Connie Keogh in 2018."
House District 91 generally includes the Rattlesnake area through downtown and over to University Avenue.
"Ever since my mom took my sister and me to the Billings Fairground the day John F. Kennedy visited, I have been interested in serving my community," said Keogh. "Now, I am well-prepared for the next challenge: running for House District 91 in Missoula. If elected, I will draw on my life experiences, my abundant energy and my Montana-grown integrity to boost the effectiveness of the Montana Legislature."
Since moving to Missoula in 2014, Ms. Keogh have been active with Montana Conservation Voters, and she has worked extensively on political and issue related campaigns. Connie is also a retired MEA-MFT member and stays actively engaged in education issues, K-12.
With the addition to her family of two beautiful grandchildren, who live in Missoula, and now being a grandmother has cemented her commitment to improving educational opportunities in Montana. She believes there is nothing more important than sufficiently funding our public schools. Keogh notes, "Shortchanging our children on education results in fewer economic opportunities and an increase in our already burgeoning prison population."
Through her years of work with Northern Plains Resource Council and Montana Conservation Voters, Connie has been a champion for the environment by advocating for: clean energy and moving Montana towards a renewable energy future; clean water and air standards; and keeping public lands and sacred places in public hands.
"Connie Keogh will be a great leader for us in Helena, and I support her for HD 91," said Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier. She values 'good community' and knows our children hold the best hope for our future. Connie is smart and tough, yet approachable and responsive to citizen's needs. She will work to advance collaborative policies that benefit all Montanans. I'll be voting for Connie and I hope you will too."
It is through her service as a teacher, her experiences as a parent, and her hours as a community volunteer that she has realized the importance of political engagement in policy.
"If elected, I look forward to sharing my knowledge, building on my experiences, and furthering my education, as your next representative of House District 91," said Keogh before hitting the road to Helena.