Supports Bennion for Attorney General

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

To the editor,

Over the past year, I have closely watched the race for Montana Attorney General. Of the several candidates in the running, one of them – Jon Bennion – is my choice to be the state’s top attorney.

I’ve worked with Bennion for the seven years he has been at the Department of Justice. As Beaverhead County Attorney and in my role as a leader of the statewide prosecutor’s association, I have had the opportunity to see Jon demonstrate his leadership traits, keen intellect, and devotion to Montana. I can assure you that Jon has been a great partner to prosecutors and law enforcement statewide. He brings the right combination of listening to other perspectives, collaborating with stakeholders, and providing leadership by taking on the tough battles.

As many of you know, Montana made massive changes to the criminal code in 2017, many of which have proved disastrous. These changes, labeled justice reinvestment, have made our communities less safe. Jon rightly opposed those missteps, and he will lead Montana to correct those oversights. On the DUI front, Jon will continue his efforts to provide more accountability to repeat felony DUI offenders. In the 2019 session, Jon was instrumental in getting a bill through the legislature to punish those DUI offenders with a 5th, 6th, and even a 10th DUI. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed that bill. When elected Attorney General, I am confident that Jon will again be instrumental in making that idea the law.

This is an important position friends, not a job for a career politician. Jon Bennion is the right person for the job.

Jed C. Fitch