Margaret Gorski of Stevensville is running again for House District 88.

“I am excited to offer the residents of Ravalli County a real choice of who represents them in the state legislature,” Gorski said. “During the 2016 election and since then, I have learned a great deal about what is important to the people in my district. They are disturbed with the divisiveness and tenor of our current political conversation and expect their representative to listen to their concerns. I also expect no less.”

She added that winning an election doesn’t mean that legislators have license to force their own opinions on others, but that leaders identify the root causes of an issue, gather the facts and listen to all sides, then make funding and policy choices that benefit as many people as possible. Electing legislators who believe in diplomacy, compromise, and inclusiveness is vital to the future of our democracy.

Gorski lost the 2016 HD 88 election to incumbent Ed Greef, who will not be running in 2018 due to term limits. His wife, Sharon Greef, has announced her candidacy for the seat.

Gorski said she has broad leadership experience in problem solving and consensus building, with extensive experience implementing federal laws governing public land management and working with local governments, state agencies and non-profits. She has supervised diverse employees, managed million dollar budgets, and worked with a variety of interests to solve complex problems.

“Being a representative shouldn’t be about holding on to the past, but charting a path forward,” Gorski said. “Together we can make Montana attractive to the economy of the future to benefit all Montana families.”

Gorski retired about five years ago after a 35-year career in the U.S. Forest Service, where she served as a land management expert and leader. She completed her career in the Forest Service Regional Office in Missoula as program leader for the Developed Recreation Program.

Since retiring, Gorski volunteers at local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. Along with residents of Stevensville, she was critical in recently forming “Friends of Fort Owen,” a new non-profit working with Montana State Parks to enhance Fort Owen State Park as a tourism and educational asset to Stevensville. She is a board member of the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance, working to raise awareness and funding for the multi-use trail along Highway 93. Gorski also has worked for many years at the national level, as president of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, and as a board member for the Partnership for the National Trail System.

Most recently, Gorski was appointed by the Ravalli County commissioners to serve on the new Ravalli County Collaborative, a citizens’ group formed to promote wise use of Ravalli County’s natural resources. She is using her training in consensus building and conflict resolution, as well as her expertise in resource management, to represent recreation and tourism interests and how to best manage the county’s natural resources to provide fire protection, resource jobs, and public and commercial access.

Gorski has lived in the Lone Rock District since 1991 with her husband, Skip. She enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, skiing, gardening and photography.

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