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Pat Ingraham - River Journal questionnaire for 2010 election candidates

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Pat Ingraham, Republican candidate for State Representative, House District #13

River Journal questionnaire for 2010 election candidates


Candidate Name:  Pat Ingraham

Position running for: State Representative House District #13

Incumbent? :Yes

Political Party Affiliation: Republican


  1. What special skills and/or experience do you have that enables you to do this job?

The skills and experience that have enabled me to do the job are derived primarily from my years in local government, the government closest and most responsive to the people. I served 4 years as the Sanders County Commissioners Administrative Assistant, 5 years as a Deputy Clerk & Recorder and 8 years as the Sanders County Clerk & Recorder and Election Administrator providing me with a bird’s eye view of government operations, budgeting challenges and legislative impact of new laws placed upon local government and her citizens.


  1. Do you believe that money impedes the political process? I  believe that money can impede the political process in some manner, especially during the campaign cycle when raising funds to run the race becomes necessary, especially for incumbents is it can take valuable time away from the work at hand; that of serving the people.


  1. What specific actions would you take, if elected, to make government at your level more transparent to the voter?  I have supported and will continue to support transparency in government through auditing of state agencies as to their activities, policy & procedure compliances, program effectiveness/productivity and financial accountability.


  1. Are there any positions taken by your affiliated political party that you would personally feel uncomfortable endorsing?  As a Republican there are no specific party affiliation positions that come to mind that I would be uncomfortable with endorsing, however one that I am very comfortable with endorsing is the preservation of private property rights.


  1. Can you explain how to balance the people’s need for services with their desire for lower taxes? Balancing people’s need for services with a desire for lower taxes is possible. Through supporting more economic development projects and putting families back to work, revenues & taxable valuations will increase. In turn lower taxes should result as the availability of increased and new revenues because of increased productivity will be on hand and less taxation via the mill levy process will be required in order to meet the needs of those services that are in place.


  1. Do you support removing the requirement of political affiliation (declaring as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc…) from any of our local elected positions, as Montana has done? While removing political affiliation has occurred in areas of Montana, I have not supported such effort. I believe that such actions have  disenfranchised the voter’s right of association with the tenets of a particular party.

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Pat Ingraham

Pat Ingraham Representative Ingraham moved to Montana in 1974 with husband Gerald. Pat & her husband, Gerald have been married 43 years, have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and some very special nieces and nephews. Throughout her life, Pat has been called upon to learn new things. Never one to shrink from a challenge or shirk a responsibility, she has educated herself in each new arena, endeavoring to not only do the task at hand, but to do it well. Representative Ingraham has served over seventeen years in County government: • 4 years as Administrative Assistant to the Sanders County Board of Commissioners. • 5 years as a Deputy Clerk & Recorder. • 8 years as the elected Sanders County Clerk & Recorder and served as the Election Administrator during this time as well. • Currently is serving her second term as House District 13 Legislator
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