Proposals accepted for statue of former Gov. Judy Martz

PHIL DRAKE

A committee working on a memorial to Judy Martz is moving toward a life-size statue honoring the woman who was Montana’s first female governor, and plans to place the statue near the hallway entrance to the current governor’s office.

Dave Galt, who is heading up the Gov. Martz Statue Organization, met Friday with the Capitol Complex Advisory Council, an offshoot of the Department of Administration.

DAVE GALT

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“It went as good as I could have hoped for,” Galt, a former transportation director under Martz, said after the meeting.

He said the state committee agreed with plans to have a statue instead of a bust, and to a tentative proposal to place the statue near the staircase by the governor’s office on the second floor of the state Capitol. He said the council — made up of state lawmakers, members of the Montana Arts Council, Montana Historical Society, the DOA and public — asked to be updated on progress.

He said he will now take proposals from artists for a life-size statue of Martz.

Galt said the citizens committee has raised

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