During the flood of 2011, our Busy Bee Cafe was full of water we had to shut down, layoff all of our employees and rebuild our restaurant. As a result, our employees filed for unemployment insurance (and rightly so). With most of the employees filing for unemployment, the cost of our un-employment insurance skyrocketed, costing our Busy Bee Cafe business thousands of dollars in an increased premium. We asked Representative Tom Berry for help and he personally crafted legislation which stated if a small business has to shut down as the result of a federally-declared disaster and layoff their employees, the cost of the unemployment insurance will not go up. Tom Berry got this legislation through the legislature and it was signed by the Governor. This action saved our business and many other businesses thousands of dollars. Tom Berry is a good man and the kind of legislator we need in Helena, someone who lives here and will stand up for his constituents. We can’t trust some out-of-towner who bashes his opponent and misleads our community. We are supporting and voting for Tom Berry, and hope you do too.
Mike Weiland, former Shepherd School Teacher recommends Montana’s Tom Berry.
First off, a friendly “hello” to the Yellowstone County community. It’s been several years since I had the opportunity to teach math and science in your school system.
The reason for me writing to you today is that I wanted to tell you a little bit about my father in law Tom Berry. Tom Berry is the Incumbent running for re-election in House District #40. I also know he is running against Ray Gorham of Paramount Log Homes in Shepherd, MT. I wasn’t going to get involved in this until I ready some of Mr. Gorham’s website and the comments from Vera-Beth Johnson in the Yellowstone County Newspaper last week.
Let me start off by saying, that my father in law, Tom Berry is a fine person, who has been a strong steward of our community with proven experience. He is not someone that ignores folks as Vera-Beth’s banter would have you believe. Tom Berry has grown up in Montana and has gone through the ups and downs of our state. Tom is a rancher, is involved with insurance, has served in our country’s military, worked with oil companies, and has run several successful businesses to boot. Vera-Beth talks about Mr. Gorham’s travels and that working for Walmart as an accountant is what Montana needs for good decision making. Really? All you need to qualify for a responsible Montana Legislature representative is an accounting degree, a passport and a few years living in our community? Vera-Beth’s perspective concerns me as a Montana native and is just plain weird.
I need set the record straight here. I have heard from individuals that have been visited door to door by Mr. Gorham on how bad Tom Berry is. Tom Berry has been and continues to be a responsible representative! Personally in my own selfish way, I would love someone else to do this job, but there is no other choice. I would love to have my two boys continue seeing a lot of their Grandpa. However, Tom believes that he can continue to make a difference for all of us and is committed to that duty. We are all very lucky to have someone like Tom Berry sacrifice this time for the sake of our families and state.
I also don’t believe that Vera Beth called my “father in law” about taxes. I believe that to be a bold face lie. She mentions that Tom Berry didn’t have time to listen to her concerns, yet Taylor Brown did? Does she know Taylor Brown actually works tightly with Tom Berry? Again, weird!
Anyone that knows Tom Berry knows better. Vera-Beth’s words are misleading and a waste of time and ink. I ask that you read the bills all the way through before you listen to the circus. Please think for yourself, consider the big picture and call Tom if you have questions. I assure you that he will pick up the phone. I have yet to see what Mr. Gorham is going to do for all of us, and that deeply concerns me as a father and Montana Native. I believe that if you elect Tom Berry again, you will continue to get a Conservative thinker, problem-solver and someone that asks questions before voting down the party line. Aren’t you sick of people that can’t communicate yet?
Ray Gorham, help new to the community and new to leadership roles, loses Shepherd School Trustee Seat
Ray Gorham attempted to run for a seat on the local Shepherd School District and lost to both opponents, with a poor 23% of the vote
School Trustee Seat, Shepherd 37. Experienced community members and opponents Julie Hinkle and Kirk Brumfield took the clear leads over Gorham.
School Trustee Seat, Shepherd 37 Voting Results
JULIE HINKLE 461 38.87 %
KIRK A BRUMFIELD 443 37.35 %
“Just Say” RAY GORHAM 282 23.78 %
Tom Berry’s successful 3-term experience in the Montana Legislature has always followed a goal of less regulation for businesses and individuals. Ray Gorham’s fictional advertisements and inexperienced door-to-door sales pitches include his false statement “Tom Berry only voted for increased regulations.”
The fact is Tom Berry has always fought for less regulations. His record is clear. Tom Berry:
sponsored legislation giving real estate agents greater freedom to govern themselves
sponsored legislation granting state-owned banks less regulation
sponsored legislation to reduce regulations on Otter Creek coal tracts
voted to eliminate tax on business equipment for small businesses
Canadian-born, globe trotter and U.S. States hopper (lived in California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas) Ray Gorham, currently resides in Shepherd Montana and has filed to run as a Republican candidate for House District 40, challenging successful three-term Republican incumbent and Montana native Tom Berry.
Gorham was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and then crossed over the border (legally) to attend the Brigham Young School in Utah, where he learned accounting. Ray admits that two years of studying accounting was enough for him to know he didn’t want to spend his career keeping up with tax laws and government regulations, so after graduation he found a job at Wal-Mart, then Flying J (living in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas) and eventually attempted an unnamed restaurant in California before his latest venture to Montana. Gorham is a hobby fiction writer when his log business is slow.
The Ray website texts include incorrect paraphrased and misleading statements about incumbent Tom Berry’s voting record. General texts written by Ray are nearly void of the word Montana, and the layouts bear no image or visual element of Montana or the U.S.A., with the exception of lake scene and a picture of Ray Photoshopped (digitally-edited) in the foreground.
Tom Berry is a Montana native, small business owner, rancher, family man and steward of our communities. He is Proven Success and that’s why Berry is still the first choice Vote for House District 40. Raised on an irrigated farm in Eastern Montana, Berry learned about the importance of family, community, economic decisions and responsible problem-solving. With decades of Montana business experience including the Oil Industry, Construction, Restaurants, Truck Stops, Real Estate and Insurance, Tom Berry continues to make the best choices for a stronger Montana.
Life has not always been kind or fair to Tom. He wasn’t born with a trust fund. The success he presently enjoys has been earned through hard work, long hours, and a refusal to settle for mediocrity.