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Meet The Board

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tTerry Nelson



 Jason Ellsworth


I was blessed to be able to grow up in Stevensville. After graduating from Montana State University in Engineering, I returned to the Bitterroot Valley to work for my wife’s family business, Applebury Survey. I have done surveying and land planning in the valley for the past 25 years, having spent the past 6 years as the Ravalli County Planning Department Administrator. I have been married to my wife, Darlene, for 26 years and we have 4 wonderful children.

I have been involved in politics since helping form and becoming president of a voter education group, Voters Opportunity To Educate (VOTE) in 2000. Getting involved with the Republican Central Committee in the mid 2000’s, I have held the positions of precinct captain, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman. I have also been elected to the State GOP Executive Board for the past 6 years and was recently elected as the State Vice Chairman for the Montana Republicans.

With the remarkable team we have in our Central Committee, we have successfully created a deep red county in Ravalli County. With that same teamwork and determination, the Ravalli County team is now poised to make Montana a solid Republican State




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Hollis Poe

I came to Ravalli County in the mid nineties as a business man and immediately began to concern myself in community issues. My wife and I, Jeannie, became involved in politics. We soon found ourselves as Precinct Captains that led to campaign efforts and all manner of grassroots volunteering. I have served on numerous County boards. For the last eleven years, I have been State Committeeman for Ravalli County acting as liaison between the local Central Committee and State, as well as National leaders. I was on the committee that brought the current State Platform Preamble into being along with numerous other significant improvements to our State Platform.


My aim is not for self but to serve my Lord as I serve others in civil government seeing to it that our Lord is part of the equation, always. I consider myself to be a Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Republican in that order. Wherever, in my theater, there are issues being contested I can be found right there in the front line. I care very much about this great land and it’s awesome people. Our Judaic-Christian heritage is sacred to me.

Jeannie Poe

After arriving with my husband, Hollis, I hit the ground running with the notion that this great State is worth protecting for our future generations. I am the “Let’s get ‘er done” person and will always be where ever the action is. With vast front line experience I have seen many awesome leaps forward in our county and will never get tired of winning. I can be found lobbying for the side of the unborn as well as for rights to keep and bear arms. If I can just figure out how to arm the unborn there will be no more abortion issues.


I have worked at the State Central Committee level for the last eleven years and have taken part in many significant issues. I carried the amendment which became our State Platform Preamble and have been in the fight for numerous platform upgrades.


My passion is events and putting them on. I am like my husband in that I am a strong Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Republican.​​

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Victoria Wirth



Rich Hulse

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 Penny Howe-Canton
 "I am boots on the ground, listening, and helping when and where needed."

Sean Ashby





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Ron Wirth


Wayne Rusk

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Sashin Hume

Sue McCreary