Throughout our many years of friendship, we have “agreed to disagree” on almost all things political. In general, Pam votes Democratic and Ruth Ann votes Republican. However, we have found common ground this election, and both wholeheartedly support Rex Renk for Clerk of the Supreme Court.
Our friendship developed from being coworkers for many years. Now both retired, we each worked some three decades for the Montana Supreme Court as judicial assistants for several associate justices and chief justices.
While we may not agree on other statewide races, we do agree that Renk is the only candidate with the knowledge, experience and qualifications to serve as clerk, having served as deputy clerk for over 23 years. During our tenure at the court, we worked with Renk on a daily basis. He was not only highly efficient with day-to-day operations of the clerk’s office, but was invaluable during the court’s transition from an outdated, paper-based case-tracking method to a 21st century electronic case management system tracking and organizing the court’s docket.
The Clerk of the Supreme Court appears on the ballot as a partisan position; however the duties and responsibilities are not. Experience and efficiency do not, nor should they, have a political party. Whether Republican or Democrat, you should vote for the best candidate. Renk is the best candidate, the only qualified candidate. We join in urging you to vote for Renk for Clerk of the Supreme Court.
Pam W. Hunthausen
Ruth Ann Popp