The executive board of the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee has named three candidates to fill the vacated House District 50 seat.
The position was left empty by Mallerie Stromswold who resigned recently citing mental health, her current enrollment at Montana State University, and pressure from her caucus to vote the party platform.
The board requested emails of interest and sent out questionnaires to 19 interested individuals.
Ten responses were received by the deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. The submissions were reviewed by the executive board and on Jan. 19, the five top candidates were interviewed in 30-minute Zoom sessions. On Friday, the board met in Zoom session and narrowed the selection to three individuals.
Each of the candidates recognize that crime is the number-one issue in our community. This board will encourage an investment in more beds in the state prison and local jail as part of the solution to making our city and county a safer place.
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The candidates include:
— Naarah N. Hastings, a small business owner. She and her husband own Proof Donuts in Billings. She is also the founder of a talent