Our Work & Our Values

About us

Montana Rural Voters (MRV) works to defend and elect candidates for federal office who will champion progressive rural issues. We work to change the political landscape in non-election years by elevating these crucial issues to elected officials that will stand up for our values, and we seek to empower and activate rural Montanans. 

Across the state, rural families are banding together with the Montana Rural Voters to amplify their voices and build power with hard working, grassroots families like yours.

  • We make sure everyone has the opportunity to register to vote, to cast a ballot, and to engage in our democracy.
  • We educate rural voters about the policies being debated by elected officials that directly affect their livelihood and the legacy they want to leave behind. 
  • We give rural leaders the tools they need to stand up in their communities, voice their concerns, and effect change. 
  • We elect candidates who support rural Montana values.

Your life is impacted daily by the people we elect. Now more than ever, we need to make strong strategic gains while holding our ground and supporting elected officials who will go to bat for our issues.

Our values

  • Stewardship of our land, air, waiter, and natural resources. Or Clean air and water
  • County of Origin Labeling
  • Fair and affordable energy rates for rural Montanans
  • Fair markets for ranches and producers
  • Protecting rural healthcare access 
  • Expanding high speed internet and rural broadband
  • Fighting for small business and a sustainable rural economy 
  • Sustainable and renewable solutions for Montana’s energy future
  • local foods

Our team

Montana Rural Voters is driven by a steering committee of Montanans who care deeply about the direction of our state. Our steering committee members are:

  • Deborah Hanson – Chair , Miles City, MT
  • Kelsey Miller- Treasurer, Fort Benton, MT
  • Walter Archer, Billings, MT
  • Chuck Cashmore, Billings, MT

Montana Rural Voters is a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils’ Grassroots Democracy Program, which is the 501c4 political arm of WORC. The Grassroots Democracy Program is a regional coalition of rural vote programs and Native vote organizations that work together to elect candidates that will champion progressive issues and support rural, Indigenous and Latinx communities.  We do this by identifying and training our member leaders to run for office, holding elected officials accountable throughout the year, and passing smart public policy to advance our issues at the state, local, and federal level. 

Grassroots Democracy Program Groups

To learn more about the Grassroots Democracy Program visit https://www.worc.org/grassroots-democracy-program/

Montana Rural Voters is a project of the Western Organization of Resource Councils. Paid for by Montana Rural Voters (WORC), mtruralvoters.org and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.


Yes! I want to support real change for rural Montana.