A new candidate has emerged in the open seat gubernatorial race in Montana. From the Great Falls Tribune:
[Ron] Vandevender lives near Craig and twice unsuccessfully has run for a seat state House District 84.
“I look forward to the opportunity in the coming months to work with the press and the people, not just to share my views and my ideas, but to listen to them also,” he said. “This includes city/county leaders, civic groups and the citizens themselves. I want their input. After all, the state belongs to us all, not just a select few or a political party.”
Born in Orange County, Calif., Vandevender spent most of his younger years in Mississippi. A press release states that he has a bachelor’s degree in management and finance.
His involvement in politics started as a high-school student working on campaigns of city council candidates.
He served on the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce Board Of Directors and the Yazoo County Republican Executive Committee. In 1996, he ran for Congress in Mississippi’s second congressional district.
He moved to Montana in 1999. He lives completely off the grid with his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.