Have you heard the news? Gail Gutsche is running for the Public Service Commission.
This is going to be a grassroots campaign across 7 counties in Montana and Gail needs your help to win back this seat.
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GAIL GUTSCHE for PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Gail Gutsche has spent all of her 24 years in Missoula working to better the environment, safeguard women's rights, and build a cleaner energy future. Now she's working to get elected to the Montana Public Service Commission again, so she can continue her service there to ensure that Montanans get the most cost-effect power from the cleanest sources possible. A cleaner energy future is not only possible, it's preferable. We can bring good-paying to jobs to Montana and ensure that the energy Montana produces is clean, reliable, and renewable.
From 2009-2012, Gail served on the Montana Public Service Commission, including two years as vice chair. During that time, the Commission made strides in numerous areas:
MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY
- The approval of Spion Kop, a 40MW wind farm, located in Judith Basin that helps Northwestern Energy meet its renewable portfolio standard, and provides enough clean, affordable, renewable energy to power 15,000 Montana homes.
- The Approval of the David Gates Generating Station, a natural gas facility located in Anaconda that produces 105MW of regulating power necessary to back up Montana wind farms.
- Increased energy conservation through Montana's only public utility, Northwestern Energy (NWE).
- The completion of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project designed to reduce energy consumption and capture consumer habits around usage.
- Emphasis on updating and expanding Broadband, especially to rural and low-income customers, to ensure high speed internet access to all Montanans.
Gail served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives, from 1999-2005. There she distinguished herself as leader on environmental concerns, and women's rights. She sponsored and passed numerous bills that encouraged cleaner energy; established an Environmental Public Health Tracking system that resulted in numerous community assessments; enhanced river and other critical wildlife habitat; and protected endangered species. Gail served 8 years on the Natural Resources Committee, four as Vice Chair. She was also a member of the Judiciary, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committees. She served one term as Democratic Whip.
Gail championed women's rights passing legislation that established at-home infant care as paid work; and securing federal funding for Montana to pay for health care for low-income women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer.
Gail has worked for several non-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood of Missoula, Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, Women's Voices for the Earth. In addition she has served on numerous non-profit Boards including NARAL, Missoula YWCA, Wild Rockies Field Institute, and the Montana Park Board.
In her free time, Gail likes to spend time cooking, gardening, canoeing, birding, and practicing yoga.