Butte residents weigh in as Curtis begins campaign


Butte residents weigh in as Curtis begins campaign

BUTTE, Mont. - Since being nominated to replace John Walsh in the U.S. Senate race, Amanda Curtis has lit up local, regional and national news.

We spoke to three Butte residents who met Curtis in completely different situations.

"She came to Butte, and I probably met her through politics," said a friend of Curtis, Mike Sheehy.

"Before I met her politically, I met her through the school district," said Lynne Heinze, the Democratic Central Committee's treasurer.

"I remember seeing a picture of her in a really beautiful dress," said Creative Director of the Imagine Butte Resource Center Olivia Everett, "down playing guitar at Frank Little's Grave."

Everett said it was Curtis who helped her get back on her feet, helping her find jobs, to open her arts center.

"She's been a huge support to me and my work," said Everett. "And me getting on my feet since moving to Butte and starting the arts center."

Everett said she met Curtis through arts organizations and performing music.

"I always knew Amanda as this very powerful voice of unionism," she said. "She has this fire that is very unique. And it is so much about representing the middle class, the working class."

And Curtis has been defined as working class, being a math teacher at Butte High School.

Before they worked together on the Democratic Central Committee, Lynn Heinze knew Curtis as her nephew's math teacher.

"She is a regular, down-to-earth person that all Montanans should be able to assimilate with," said Heinze. "She just knows their needs and the needs of Montana people."

Curtis is a member of the union and is an avid hiker, skier, climber and mountain biker.

"She is so in touch with the people of Montana," said Heinze. "She knows exactly what Montana needs and she knows exactly how to make that happen."

Sheehy said Curtis put her teaching skills to the test when she helped him campaign to run for chief executive.

"She helped me go door to door," Sheehy said. "She helped me structure things to talk about."

When Curtis herself was elected to the state legislature, she posted videos to YouTube, telling people about the day in the Montana legislature.

"She's trying to create a radio station to keep people informed of wages, and labor issues, and she keeps a close eye on the legislature even though she's not there anymore, and she keeps a close eye on the city council," said Sheehy.

Monday, Curtis was traveling to get to know Montanans and allow them to get to know her.

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