State Representative Jonathan McNiven released the following info regarding his decision to step down from the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session. He will finish out the rest of his current term which ends December 31, 2014. Read the letter that was sent out below.
Dear Constituents of House District 56,
I am writing this letter to inform you that an accumulation of recent good, but time consuming, changes in my life and work responsibilities have led me to make the difficult decision that I will be unable to serve as your representative in the 2015 Legislative Session. I have written Secretary of State Linda McCulloch to advise her so that she can begin the process with the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee and the Yellowstone County Commission to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.
The events which led me to reach this decision are as follows. As you know, it has been my passion to serve the people of Lockwood, Huntley, Briarwood and Blue Creek as well as Yellowstone County. This summer the opportunity to serve the community in a new manner came my way with the purchase of the Yellowstone County News where I will serve as owner and publisher. My wife and I purchased the paper from former owners Pete and Becky Robison and have taken on the responsibility of successfully operating and publishing that newspaper for our readers, our advertisers, this community, our 4 employees and their families, as well as ourselves. We are working hard every day to meet that challenge.
Secondly, as some of you may know, I have been tapped by my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for a new leadership role, that of Elders Quorum President as of July 2014. That responsibility is a great joy but also requires the commitment of a lot of time at this time.
As I discussed with my family how to responsibly fulfill all the additional duties now falling upon me at this time, it became clear that I would unfortunately have to give up my service in the 2015 Legislature in the best interests of my constituents and community as well as my family.
It has been my pleasure to serve as your State Representative for the past four years and will finish out my current term and I hope that someday, after the present challenges have been met, I can perhaps do so again. Thank you all for the kindness and support you have given me in my campaigns and in my service. I hope that I was able to serve your communities in a way that made you proud. I hope to repay you by running a strong and sound small business, The Yellowstone County News, in a manner that will serve the community and make you proud. See you at the Paper!
Montana House of Representatives – House District 44
Representative Jonathan McNiven’s current term ends Dec. 31, 2014