Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, May 29, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Keith announced that Safe Routes to School is having a meeting tomorrow night at 5:15 at the Days Inn.

Shawn handed out menu options for us to vote on, and it looks like we are going to add the French Dip to the rotation, and possibly remove Bacon and Eggs (or maybe alternate between bacon and eggs and the omlette one out of 8 meetings).

Keith also handed out EliMiNaTe bookmarks to everyone in attendance

Doreena then introduced Dan "DJ" O'Neill to talk about his campaign for Montana Senate District 37.

District 37 is a complex and varied district. It bisects Butte, following a complicated series of streets starting near the Continental interchange with I-90 and cutting across town back and forth until cutting over to Fairmont from somewhere in the vicinity of the Montana Tech main campus. From Fairmont it cuts down to Wisdom, but does not contain any of wisdom, then follows the Big Hole river over to I-15, then to Waterloo and back to Butte. The district contains rural and urban, recreational and agricultural, public and private lands.

DJ describes himself as a fiscal conservative and fourth generation Butte native. He worked for the U.S. Senate after his undergraduate before being accepted to dental school. He has had his dental practice in Butte for 30 years this year. He has been recognized for his dentistry and his medical missions to remote areas of the world. He was also recognized in 2011 as the Big Brother of the Year for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

He has five children who grew up in Butte. He's had children in both the Butte Public Schools and the Butte Central Catholic Schools, and after graduation they went on to college at Tech, MSU, UM, and Carroll.

DJ is running to present competition. He believes competition delivers dialog and choice, and giving people an option at the polls this fall will result in a better legislature in Helena. And the dialog and discourse over the course of the campaign will help flush out issues, bring people to the polls, and help to inform the candidates of the needs of the constituency. DJ singles out his experience on medical missions, his experience running a business for 30 years, and his experience in the military as differentiators between himself and his opponent.

DJ feels that the primary issues facing the legislature in the next session are the balance between the budget surplus and the pension deficit (including the use of funds raised from the Bakken oil field and the holdups with the Otter Creek Coal development) and higher education issues (including school tuition costs, access to two-year and trade schools, and availability of apprenticeships).

Dan O'Neill, candidate for SD37
Open Faced Turkey Sandwich
Event Updated
5:14 Tuesday, May 29, 2012