Great Falls Democrat Barbara Bessette recently posted on her Twitter page that she was dropping out of the 2024 race for state legislature in HD 20, a seat she previously held, losing reelection in 2020 then failing to win back the seat again in 2022.
Here are some excerpts from Bessette’s full statement which can be read on her Twitter page, linked above.
“It has been harder and harder for a lot of us here to make ends meet due to the failed policies enacted by the current rich white ruling class in power.”
“…I have been told that my outspoken advocacy for issues important to me and my community are at odds with the current message and direction the Montana Democratic Party leadership wishes to portray.”
“…We need structural change in both the Montana Democratic Party and state government.”
“…Too much is on the line for us to let political elites lose even more ground to the authoritarian bigots seeking to dismantle the state government whose first duty is to protect all of its citizens.”