BOZEMAN, MT -- The Gallatin Association of REALTORS®’ board of directors recently voted to endorse three candidates running in the November 6, 2018 general election. GAR is endorsing Democrat Jim Hamilton for Montana State House in District 61, Democrat Chris Pope for Montana State House in District 65, and Republican Steve White for Gallatin County Commissioner.

Jim Hamilton is running for his second term in the Montana House of Representatives.  He has served on the Taxation, Transportation and Agriculture committees and was appointed to a new subcommittee to study Montana’s tax structure.  He resides in Bozeman and is a community volunteer, firefighter and Rotarian.

Chris Pope, a former commercial REALTOR® and small business owner, is running for his second term in the Montana House of Representatives.  Pope, a Bozeman resident, was one of the driving forces behind the rebuilding of Main Street after the gas explosion in 2005.

Steve White is currently serving a six-year term as Gallatin County Commissioner and serves as the board's current chair.  He owned and operated a software company prior to being elected in 2006, is a graduate of Montana State University, and previously served as Chair of the Gallatin County Republican Party Finance Committee.

“We conducted a thorough selection and interview process to learn where the candidates stand on the issues, find out if they understand the economic importance of the real estate industry, and ascertain which of them will support policies that promote economic growth, home ownership and private property rights in the Gallatin Valley area," said GAR President Michelle Haverstick. "Based on the insight gained during this vetting process, we believe Jim Hamilton, Chris Pope and Steve White are the right choices for voters who want to see our area grow and prosper."