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School Board candidate: Jeff Hindoien

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School Board candidate: Jeff Hindoien School Board candidate: Jeff Hindoien

Voters in the Helena School District will select two new members of the Board of Trustees in the upcoming election.

Six candidates are running to fill the open seats: Pam Attardo, Annie Hanshew, Jeff Hindoien, Luke Muszkiewicz, Jason Pettit, and Erin Turner.

Each voter can select up to two candidates. Ballots must be returned to the county elections office by May 2.

Jeff Hindoien spent more than a decade providing legal services to school boards around Montana, including Helena’s. Now he wants to put that experience to use as a member of the Helena School District Board of Trustees.

“It’s given me a pretty unique set of skills and a knowledge base about school district operations and the role of a school board and the role of an individual trustee that I think could add real value to my local school board,” he said.

Hindoien is currently chief legal counsel to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, and previously served as Helena’s city attorney from 2012 to 2014. He says this is the first time his job allows him to serve as a trustee without any conflict.

Hindoien has lived in Helena since 2005, after working here in the 1990s. He has a seventh grader currently attending C.R. Anderson Middle School.

Hindoien says aging facilities are the biggest issue facing the Helena School District.

“I think the current bond proposition is a great first step toward making some real long-term investments in the facilities and addressing things that we haven’t addressed for a long time,” he said.

He says if the bond passes, it could build momentum toward improving other district facilities.

Hindoien says he’s worked extensively with other school districts, and he’s impressed with how Helena schools operate. He says he wants to continue that success.

“I’m not running because I see a lot of things that I view as problems,” he said. “Based on working with the school district for years, I think we’re really blessed with the quality of educators, the quality of the support staff, the quality of the building leadership, the central administration leadership.”

Click here to learn more about the other candidates.

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