Bruce Announces Candidacy
Kalispell —Life long farmer and rancher Bruce Tutvedt of the West Valley area has announced that he will run as a Republican candidate for Senate District 3 in the Montana State Legislature.
“We must improve the small business opportunities in Montana, particularly in the Flathead,” said Tutvedt, “I’ll fight to provide the high quality jobs we need for our children, now and in the future.”
Tutvedt has deep roots within the Flathead and is no stranger to public service. He was appointed by President Bush in 2001 as the chairman of the Farm Services Agency, where he and a committee oversee 300 employees and work to strengthen Montana agriculture. Tutvedt, along with his father Harold, also operate a family farm, feedlot, and a cow-calf operation.
“My experience as both a family farmer and a public servant have prepared me to serve the Flathead in the state Senate,” says Tutvedt. “To have better government we need more legislators with business and budgeting experience to expedite the principals of smaller and more efficient government. The budget cannot continue to increase at the present rate. It’s unsustainable.”
This Senate seat is presently held by Jerry O’Neil who is term limited out. District 3 includes the NW part of Flathead County and the area north of Kalispell and most of the land south of Columbia Falls and Whitefish.
Kala “French” Lougheed will serve as Bruce’s campaign treasurer. Tutvedt has been involved in many government committees including the Flathead Basin Commission, the Montana Wolf Advisory Committee. He is also a member of numerous industry associations such as the Montana Grain Growers, Montana Mint Committee, Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Contractors Association, National Association of Barley Growers, and the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce. Tutvedt is also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Tutvedt has been married to Linda, his college sweetheart, for 28 years. They have three daughters: Valerie, Emily and Andora.