Bryan Haysom

Republican Brian Haysom is running for House District 63, which covers southwest Bozeman.

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A Belgrade Republican has filed for a state House seat that covers southwest Bozeman hoping to speak up for younger people.

Bryan Haysom, 34, is making his first foray into politics by seeking the seat held by Democratic Rep. Zach Brown, who isn’t running for reelection in House District 63 and is instead vying for a place on the Gallatin County Commission.

So far, Haysom is the only Republican in the race.

“I feel like the youth in our state don’t have much of a voice in the decision and discussions in the capital,” said Haysom, 34. “I want to change that.”

Haysom grew up in the Gallatin Valley, served in the military and spent time teaching in China. He recently graduated from Montana State University, which is part of House District 63, with a degree in history. He plans to become a history or English teacher.

Haysom said he has seen problems with how society operates and wants to be a part of solving those problems. In the Montana Legislature, he would like to improve Montana’s education system, protect agriculture and provide better oversight to the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Child and Family Services Division, which he believes is mismanaged.

“I have a strong, deep connection to this area, and think I have the passion to make a difference for our community in Helena,” Haysom said.

One Democrat is also running for House District 63.

Alice Buckley, 27, also hopes to be a voice for younger people in the state Legislature. She moved to Bozeman after college and has worked for the nonprofit Future West, Yellowstone Grassfed Beef and the consulting firm Profitable Ideas Exchange.

When she announced her candidacy earlier this month, she said she’d like to improve access to health care and mental health services, protect high-quality public education and ensure Montanans receive a living wage.

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