Attorney general candidate Pam Bucy visits Bozeman

PHOTO COURTESY PAM BUCY

Pam Bucy, the democratic candidate for Montana’s attorney general, visited the Bozeman Senior Center last Monday.

She spoke specifically about public access laws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and internet safety for children.

Bucy explained that she pledges to fight a ruling made earlier this year which limits access to some public lands. She also shared her belief that it is not the job of attorney general to fight the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act program, saying that it has been confirmed constitutional by the Supreme Court.

A mother of three, Bucy said she hopes to make sure “every middle school will have access to an online safety education program.” She plans to accomplish this task by working with law enforcement and ensuring that proper training is available across the state.

Established by Bucy, the Montana Office of Consumer Protection aids students with loans, ensuring that they are available to students who demonstrate appropriate need and that interest rates are fair.

Bucy currently serves as the Administrative Counsel for the Montana Department of Labor in Helena and is running against republican Tim Fox, a lawyer, also of Helena. She said that the differences between her campaign and her opponent’s should be important to Montanans, and reports that her campaign is being run in a more “grassroots” manner. Fox is currently polling at 46 percent while Bucy is at 37, with 17 percent of Montanans recorded as undecided.

Bucy spent seven years working as the Executive Assistant Attorney General and worked as a criminal prosecutor in Lewis and Clark County. She said that this experience is crucial to the role of attorney general, and that no other candidate offers her same experience.