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Jon Tester Campaign Launches “Women for Tester” in Great Falls

Campaign News April 9, 2024

MFT announces co-chairs and more than 500 initial members of women-led group supporting Jon


GREAT FALLS – Yesterday in Great Falls, Montanans for Tester launched “Women for Tester,” a group of Montana women backing Jon Tester for U.S. Senate. The group, which launched with over 500 Montana women from across the state voicing their support for Jon, was announced at an event featuring Great Falls co-chairs Helena Lovick, Marlee Sunchild, Gerry Jennings, and Jon’s wife Sharla Tester. These women are leaders in their communities and continue to fight alongside Jon to protect our Montana values. 


As women’s access to health care is being restricted and reproductive freedoms are under attack across the country – including Montana – it is more important than ever to have a champion for women in the U.S. Senate. These women know that Jon will relentlessly stand up for their right to make their own decisions about their own health care, defend working families, and have their back. 





“I will always ensure that Montana women have a voice in D.C., especially as women’s rights and freedoms are being threatened across the country and in Montana,” said Senator Jon Tester. “This strong coalition of women understand that our personal freedoms are critical to who we are as Montanans. I’m proud to have their support and to stand alongside them in the fight to keep Montana the Last Best Place.”




Sharla Tester (Big Sandy) is Jon’s wife. They got married during Jon’s senior year at the University of Great Falls, and together, they have run their farm just outside of Big Sandy, Montana for the last forty years. They have three children: Christine, who was born around the time the Testers moved back to Jon’s grandparents’ farm and butcher shop; their son Shon; and Melody, a close friend of Christine’s who they were blessed to welcome to their house years later. 


Helena Lovick (Great Falls) is Chair of the Cascade County Democrats Central Committee and mother of two. She’s a scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry who is raising her family in Great Falls, and a local organizer and volunteer working tirelessly to make her community a better place.


Marlee Sunchild (Great Falls) of the Chippewa Cree Tribe is a member of the Great Falls School Board. She is a recently retired Great Falls Public Schools elementary school teacher who taught for 25 years, and her family has had three generations of Great Falls Public School students (including herself).


Gerry Jennings (Great Falls) is a local volunteer, community organizer, and outdoor enthusiast. She is a longtime member of Wild Montana (formerly known as the Montana Wilderness Association) and former board member of the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. She and her husband Chuck have four children and have lived in Great Falls for 50 years.


Denise Juneau (Bozeman) of the Blackfeet Tribe, served as the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Montana from 2009-2017. Denise is a former high school teacher, and a graduate of Browning High School, Montana State University, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of Montana Law School. 


Sue Davidson (Billings) served for 25 years in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Army Reserves. Since her retirement as a Master Sergeant, Sue has dedicated herself to serving the veterans community in Yellowstone County working with the Billings chapter of the Disabled Veterans of America. 


Erin Foley (Butte) currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 2 and as President of the Montana AFL-CIO. Born into a union family in Butte, Erin is a graduate of Montana Tech and has been a Teamster for 14 years. 


Betsy Swartz (Bozeman) is a small business owner and community activist in Gallatin County. Through her work with Big Sky Rising, Betsy has worked to engage thousands of Montanans in every corner of the state to demand better from their elected officials.


Hannah Nash (Miles City) is an educator, union organizer, and active voice in Miles City’s arts community. Hannah is a vocal advocate for Democrats in rural Montana and currently serves as chair of the Custer County Democrats.


Jorgia Hawthorne (Missoula) is a senior at the University of Montana studying political science, journalism, and nonprofit administration. Jorgia is a proud daughter of Great Falls and currently serves as the president of the Montana College Democrats.


Betsy Scanlin (Red Lodge) is the former Mayor of Red Lodge, Montana. Betsy is an active volunteer, an avid hiker, and an enthusiastic organizer for her community.



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