Candidate Forum: Brooke Erb – candidate for House District 72

Brooke Erb


My name is Brooke Erb, and I am a candidate for House District 72. I first came to this area in 1973 when my parents purchased the Beaverhead Livestock Auction. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, university employee, agricultural business owner, and community volunteer.

As Office Manager for the Associated Students (student government) at The University of Montana Western, my job affords me the opportunity to work directly with students. I am also the director of the UMW Safe Ride program. This program is designed to provide safe transportation, as an alternative to drinking and driving. As a result of my involvement with Safe Ride, I have been an active participant in the DUI Task Force, in which I now serve as co-chair. I am also a board member of Youth Connections Mentoring Program. My experience working with students over 12 years has deepened my commitment to public education.

28 years ago, my husband and I purchased a piece of property and began to build an agricultural business. This business not only supports my family, but we have been able to create jobs and opportunities for other families as well. I support the growth and development of business, and understand the challenges we all face under the current regulatory environment.

I entered this race primarily due to my concerns about the state budget. Beyond budgetary issues, I am committed to supporting responsible resource development, and access to the outdoor lifestyle, which is crucial to our quality of life in Southwest Montana. I have enjoyed working with the Beaverhead Outdoors Association to organize our annual hunt for veterans.

As someone with experience in both the public and private sectors, I feel that I am uniquely qualified to represent the people of this district. I’ve been involved in this community, I am invested in ensuring our future success, and you can rely on me to think independently to make the tough decisions.