Eric has spent years supporting his fellow workers in Montana. He believes in strong wages, health care, education, retirement with dignity, and a fair equitable tax system for all Montanans.
Bozeman native, Eric Matthews is a proud and vested member of our community. He is a graduate of Bozeman High School (1992) and Montana State University, where he earned two degrees. For 23 years, he has been a teacher at Chief Joseph Middle School. He also tended bar at the Haufbrau for a decade. He knows what makes Bozeman the great place that it is.
Eric has been an active leader in the school district for more than 20 years, helping to negotiate contracts for educators and supporting fair wages for school staff. He has served as Vice President of the Bozeman Education Association for 6 years. He has experience in consensus building and problem solving which will be necessary in Helena.
In 2018, Eric joined the board of Montana’s largest workers union, Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE), to advocate for working Montanans. In 2021 he was elected to serve as first Vice President of MFPE. Running for the Montana House of Representatives is a natural progression to continue championing workers rights as well as work for solutions to other issues we face in Montana.
Workers are the backbone and the heart of Montana’s economy. Whether you stock shelves in the local grocery store, plow roads, teach students, serve at the neighborhood diner, run your own business, or do any of the thousands of other jobs in our state, you deserve to live in our community with dignity and respect. Workers need the freedom to make decisions for themselves about fair wages, to expect quality affordable health care and to retire with dignity. We owe this to our citizens who make our state what it is.
Voting is a cornerstone of our democracy. We need to maintain the strength and integrity of our voting system, encouraging every citizen to register and vote to ensure our democracy works for everyone. Efforts to limit voting infringe on our freedoms, liberties, and rights.
We have a public education system in Montana that is robust and provides amazing educational opportunities for all of our children. Every Student in Montana deserves the same educational opportunities as any other student. Maintaining an equitable system that includes input from professional educators, parents, students, and community members is critical. Funding public pre-k school will give our next generation of citizens a step up. Affordable post secondary schooling is also a priority that we need to embrace. State land grant colleges and universities were created to make education available to all citizens. With two amazing state land grant universities we can do better providing opportunities for Montanans to pursue higher education and add to Montana's economy without being strapped with debt.
Government is critical in maintaining a healthy, functioning society. Government cannot be run like a business, sold to the highest bidder, or entrusted to profiteering businesspeople—this only leaves us with a state that loses quality of services while sending our tax dollars to out-of-state corporations. The bottom line in government is not the bottom line. We deserve the best public services we can get while supporting the workers performing those services. Public employees work hard for our state and are not driven by profit. We cannot give away the decisions controlling our public services to private corporations.
Healthcare costs in our state are out of control. For those with insurance, the premiums,deductibles and co-pays are too high. The price of prescriptions has been far outpacing other healthcare costs. For much of Montana, distance to comprehensive care creates undue hardship. For those without insurance, medical care can simply be bankrupting. We should not have a system where an unexpected illness leaves a family struggling to stay in their home or put food on the table. We must to do better.
Public lands make Montana and the West what it is. Our wide-open spaces provide endless opportunities for citizens from all over our nation to enjoy the great outdoors. We have a responsibility to protect our public lands for generations to come, just like our predecessors did for us. Restricting access to these lands is an embarrassment and takes away our freedom to enjoy our common spaces. Montana citizens have the right to access public lands, and all citizens deserve to have these lands respected and protected from exploitation.
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