“Jean is a champion for economic development and I especially admire her efforts to bring new jobs to Missoula County while balancing scientific resource management, open space, healthy lifestyles and a sincere desire to ensure generations to come can thrive here."
—Addrien Marx, Business Owner, Seeley Lake
From meeting with businesses personally to helping launch some of Missoula County’s most innovative and successful economic development efforts, Jean Curtiss is a respected economic development leader. Learn more about her track record and vision for the future.
Public Health & Human Services
"Jean's passion for ending homelessness and improving the health of our community are strongly evident in the leadership roles she’s taken and how she champions these causes at the local, state and federal levels. Jean shows up ‘in the trenches,’ playing an active role in moving our work forward.”
— Susan Hay Patrick, Founding Co-Chair, Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness; and Chair, Let's Move! Missoula
From her early career as a childcare provider to her policy achievements as a Missoula County Commissioner, Jean Curtiss has devoted her life to bringing people together to support our most vulnerable neighbors. Whether its identifying ways to better support new moms, addressing acute needs of residents facing a mental health crisis or forming powerful partnerships to address substance abuse and homelessness – Jean Curtiss is an ardent advocate for public health and human services. Learn more about Jean’s platform here.
Rural Advocacy: Farmers, Ranchers, Forests, Streams & Recreation
"Jean Curtiss' experience and skills are unmatched. During her many years of service, she got to know every nook and cranny of Missoula County, as well as many of her constituents.
She had to deal with countless issues and problems for rural and urban areas and during that time has resolved them skillfully and with common sense.
I could not think of a better candidate for County Commissioner, and I wholeheartedly support Jean for re-election."
— Klaus von Stutterheim, Seeley Lake
Jean Curtiss’s rural advocacy work reflects her deep roots in northeastern Missoula County. Raised on the family farm in the Swan Valley, Jean knows first-hand that working on a farm or ranch is hard work but it is rewarding and gets in your soul. Over the years, she’s enjoyed working one-on-one with farmers and ranchers, small business owners and the myriad of state and federal lands agencies to help solve complex challenges throughout the county. Learn more about her policy priorities and track record here.
Stewardship & Conservation
“Growing up on the family farm, I learned firsthand the importance of good stewardship. Our public lands and open spaces are an important part of who we are as Western Montanans and they help drive our local economy. Future generations are depending on us to get it right.”
— Jean Curtiss, Missoula County Commissioner
Conservation is a top priority for Jean. She grew up in the Swan Valley between the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Mission Mountain Wilderness before they were designated as wilderness. The values of stewardship and collaboration were instilled in Jean at a young on the family farm in the Swan Valley. One of her proudest conservation efforts was the landmark Milltown Dam removal and river restoration. She has worked side-by-side with diverse stakeholders on numerous conservation efforts in Missoula County including the protection of more than 29,000 acres of lands throughout the county through the Missoula County Open Space Bond project.