BOZEMAN, MT -- The Gallatin Association of REALTORS®’ board of directors has voted to endorse several candidates running in the November 6, 2018 general election. GAR is endorsing Republicans Jedediah Hinkle (District 32) and Gordon “Gordy” Vance (District 34) for the Montana State Senate, Democrat Jim Hamilton for Montana State House in District 61, Democrat Chris Pope for Montana State House in District 65, Republican Steve White for Gallatin County Commissioner and Democrat Eric Semarad for Clerk and Recorder.

Jedediah Hinkle was first elected to represent Senate District 32 in 2014. He works as a fisheries technician for the U.S. Forestry Service and is a proponent of private property rights.

Gordon “Gordy” Vance was elected to represent District 34 in the Montana Senate in 2014. He served in the Montana House of Representatives from 2009 until he joined the Senate in early 2015 and served as Majority Leader for the 2013-14 session. Vance owned a car dealership in Bozeman and is pro-business and supportive of private property rights.

Jim Hamilton is running for his second term in the Montana House of Representatives.  He has served on the Taxation, Transportation and Agriculture committees and was appointed to a new subcommittee to study Montana’s tax structure.  He resides in Bozeman and is a community volunteer, firefighter and Rotarian.

Chris Pope, a former commercial REALTOR® and small business owner, is running for his second term in the Montana House of Representatives.  Pope, a Bozeman resident, was one of the driving forces behind the rebuilding of Main Street after the gas explosion in 2005.

Steve White is currently serving a six-year term as Gallatin County Commissioner and serves as the board's current chair.  He owned and operated a software company prior to being elected in 2006, is a graduate of Montana State University, and previously served as Chair of the Gallatin County Republican Party Finance Committee.

Eric Semarad has worked in the Clerk’s office for 28 years, 15 as the Recording Department Supervisor and 10 as the Chief Deputy Clerk. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University.

“We conducted a thorough selection and interview process to learn where the candidates stand on the issues, find out if they understand the economic importance of the real estate industry, and ascertain which of them will support policies that promote economic growth, home ownership and private property rights in the Gallatin Valley area," said GAR President Michelle Haverstick. "Based on the insight gained during this vetting process, we believe Jim Hamilton, Chris Pope and Steve White are the right choices for voters who want to see our area grow and prosper."

Based in Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® (GAR) is the local association level of the largest trade association in the nation presently serving its members, which are comprised of REALTORS®, Appraisers and Affiliate Members. GAR was chartered as the Bozeman Board of REALTORS® in 1970 by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and changed to its present name in 1996. GAR and its members serve Gallatin County and surrounding areas, including Ennis, Big Sky, Big Timber, Livingston and Three Forks. GAR members’ practices cover a variety of real estate specialties, including appraisal, commercial, development, farm and ranch, property management, residential, recreational land and resort properties. For more information, visit


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