By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Amanda Younce, a 33-year-old Democrat, is stepping into the political arena for the first time in the race for county commissioner.
Younce is originally from Chattanooga, Tenn. She is married to Cale Younce and the couple has an eight-year-old son.
She graduated from high school in Chattanooga and is currently enrolled in a distance learning course with the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy, Inc. out of Encinitas, Calif., to fulfill HER Holistic Health Practitioner’s certification.
Younce is a tax season receptionist with Sharon Eisenberg, CPA, does bookkeeping for Dry Fork Construction, is an avid crafter with an on-line Etsy Shop in the works and is a homemaker.
Recently she has completed a training course through Benefis Hospital in Great Falls to become a Hospice volunteer. “I am very excited for the opportunity that this training will offer me to extend compassion and caring to members of our community stricken with terminal illness.”
In addition, she also finds the time to be in two local rock/alternative country bands with her husband and friends. Younce also likes to paint, read, cook, do sewing and crafting, work in her garden, do some writing and yoga and be an activity coordinator for the Cub Scout group 531.
Asked about her qualifications for the office of commissioner, Younce tells The I-O, “I am an effective listener and am usually able to find the compromise in a situation where many needs must be met.”
Younce had been actively interested in U.S. and world politics since she was a junior in high school. “I watch closely tO the events that shape our world, country, state, and local community.”
She goes on to add, “I try to bring solutions to the table if I have a complaint about the way things are going, instead of complaining and expecting someone else to figure it out. I don’t always have the right solution, but I try to have an informed solution.”
”I believe that I bring a fresh set of eyes to some of the issues that come about in daily local politics and perhaps some out-of-the-box thinking as well,” she says.
In looking at problem areas on the local level, Younce feels the upcoming budget situation needs to be examined and some fresh perspectives may help.
“I believe that the education of our children is not an area that can stand budget cuts. If we do not have top of the line, technologically advance, and whole spectrum OF education we cannot expect to have a population that is able to come in the workplace or as future world, national, state or community leaders,” she says.
Younce feels our farmerS must have decent roads to transport the lifeblood of our community. They will have positive impacts on their fuel, maintenance and general transportation costs, helping to potentially secure high profits.
“We have to do all that we can to promote and support local businesses, both existing and future ventures, will keep us economically competitive with our surrounding counties and help to improve our joblessness rate,” she said.
Younce is also quick to note that there is an active senior population who must not be discounted, and the completion of the Senior/Community Center is a step toward helping our seniors remain active, independent, and involved as much valued mentors of our community.
“Committing to the vitality of our small town can only have positive, far reaching effects,” she said, “We must keep a positive eye toward our future while planning in the present.”
In closing Younce said, “I am very excited about this opportunity to run for a public position within the community that has embraced me in the past three-and-half years. I think that, although I am running on the Democratic ticket, it is important to listen to the ideas and thoughts of everyone in the community.”
She went on to say, “I do not judge an opinion or idea based upon which side of the party lines it may come from, but from the merit and soundness of the idea as a whole both in its inception and in the big picture.”