Experience, accountability, and commitment to healthy families.
Below are some of our neighbors and their letters supporting Matthew Lowy's candidacy as Missoula County's next Justice of the Peace.
"After 20 years, I know what it takes to do this job and Matt’s courtroom experience gives him the foundation to be a good judge. The intangibles he’s got are what will make him great. That’s why I’m proud to support him."
- Justice of the Peace John Odlin
- Justice of the Peace John Odlin
Lowy is smart investment in Missoula's future
Matthew Lowy has a deep respect for our community, Montana law, our local governments, and placing service before self. This is why I look forward to voting him into office as Missoula’s next justice of the peace.
According to Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl, Matt Lowy’s opponent is completely unethical and lacks respect for the political process. She falsified legal documents to conceal spending over $8,000 of her own money, “a serious attempt by Candidate Andersen to avoid campaign practice requirements carried out through a series of actions separated by time. First, Candidate Andersen failed to report contributions (her own funds) and expenditures (the direct mail campaign) in her pre-primary and post-primary campaign finance reports. Then, when a complaint was filed, Candidate Andersen listed a false date of payment for these expenses and falsely represented the expenses as being for the general election rather than the primary election. … This mater remains so serious that it cannot settle but will need to progress to a court for determination of the consequence of the violations, including possible removal from office.”
Even if she wins, she might lose the seat due to her illegal political practices. And Missoula will lose, too.
Matt Lowy knows the law, and follows it. He’s been enforcing it for over a decade, predominately protecting abused children. He knows how courts operate, the rules, procedures and the separate roles resources have in Missoula so they can be united for an efficient court.
The contrast between these two people could not be any sharper. Matt Lowy has served on the board of a local non-profit for three years while taking courses in public administration and holding a full-time job. He is not self-funding a huge campaign but has buy-in from Missoula citizens, including his eighth-grade teacher. All these people are making an investment in the future of Missoula.
I want the person I vote for to be smart, dedicated to this community and, most importantly, unquestionably ethical.
Join me investing in Missoula by voting for Matt Lowy.
- Micah Nielsen
Matt Lowy most qualified
Matt Lowy is the most qualified candidate to serve as Missoula County’s next Justice of the Peace. Please join me voting for him.
As a prosecutor enforcing Montana’s laws over the last decade, Lowy has served his community by enforcing Montana’s laws and protecting the welfare of children.
Lowy has been working to unite agencies and government to improve community protection and victim services, and keep families strong. Lowy has served on the DUI Task Force, Western Region Youth Advisory Council, First STEP Resource Center case review, Multidisciplinary Team, Just Response Team, Child Protection Team and most recently he is working with Missoula’s Co-Occurring and Veterans treatment courts.
Lowy knows how to meet Missoula residents’ needs in Justice Court. Join me making an investment in the future of Missoula by voting for the most qualified candidate to serve as the next Justice of the Peace, Matt Lowy.
Don't throw away vote
I am excited to vote for Matthew Lowy as Missoula’s next justice of the peace.
He’s a married father of three and works full-time on child abuse cases. As a civil prosecutor, Lowy's job is all about rehabilitation all the time. He knows Missoula’s rehabilitative services better than many of our sitting judges, he has fresh ideas, his focus is on making Missoula better, and he’s backed by people like John Odlin, Doug Chase, Kathleen Jenks and Mark McLaverty
According to Commissioner Jonathan Motl, Matt’s opponent falsified legal documents to conceal spending over $8,000, "a serious attempt by Candidate Andersen to avoid campaign practice requirements carried out through a series of actions separated by time. First, Candidate Andersen failed to report contributions (her own funds) and expenditures (the direct mail campaign) in her pre-primary and post-primary campaign finance reports. Then, when a complaint was filed, Candidate Andersen listed a false date of payment for these expenses and falsely represented the expenses as being for the general election rather than the primary election. … This matter remains so serious that it cannot settle but will need to progress to a court for determination of the consequence of the violations, including possible removal from office.”
If "candidate Andersen" wins this election, Motl will just remove her from office. A vote for her is throwing away my vote. No wonder all 12 Missoula City Council members unanimously voted against her replacing Judge Donald Louden.
Anyone else on my ballot supporting Matt Lowy’s opponent will not get my vote either. Even if they are running unopposed.
Missoula is fortunate to have a candidate like Matt Lowy for this position. Lowy for law. I’m not throwing away my vote. And neither should you. Please join me voting for Matt Lowy.
Lowy will serve with fairness, honesty
I have known Matthew Lowy for the past six years. I find Lowy to be hard-working, extremely intelligent and have a great understanding of the law, both criminal and civil.
As a former advocate who worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, I am acutely aware the important role that judges play in how survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence or child abuse are treated. I believe that Lowy will be fair, sensitive and honest with survivors.
Please vote for Matthew Lowy for justice of the peace.
Inspiring to hear Matthew Lowy
I had the privilege of attending a meet-and-greet for Matthew Lowy. Although I am a registered voter in Ravalli County, I will tell you that listening to what Lowy had to say was inspirational and worth every minute of my time.
If I could cast my vote where I work in Missoula County, it would be for Matt Lowy as the next justice of the peace.
Lonie Hutchison, Victor
Justice of the Peace John Odlin, Campaign Treasurer
Fran (Maronick) Albrecht
Amy Sings in the Timber
Katharina "Kat" Werner
Nathan St. Goddard
J. Martin Burke
Janet Stevens Donahue
Ann Mary Dussault
Neil M. Leitch
Lowy understands community
I have worked with Matt Lowy for several years while he has served as deputy county attorney. Lowy has a demonstrated command of the law, but more than that, a clear understanding of how to interpret the law and put the law’s practical application into improving our community. Lowy’s unstinting dedication to the law, justice and the legal system places him in an ideal position to become the next justice of the peace.
Lowy has shown great dedication and work ethic in his job as deputy county attorney while also energizing the Missoula community with his participation in multiple events, groups and activities. Lowy has shown great skill in facilitating action and productive outcomes while engaged with community partners working toward common goals. Lowy’s dedication to children and families humanizes his understanding of rehabilitating those that need rehabilitation, proving justice to those that have been victimized, and committed to keeping our community safe. Justice is a balance between providing consequences for actions while ensuring, through rehabilitation and consequences, that an individual does not repeat offend, and Lowy understands that at a level that the other candidates for justice of the peace do not.
Foremost, Lowy is a family man, a member of our community who understands our issues, and seeking office to benefit our community rather than pad his social standing and resume. Lowy understands that Missoula is a community of outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and fishermen, businesses, and a community of families that want to live in a safe and secure environment. I support Matt Lowy for justice of the peace and I hope you will join me in supporting him on Election Day.
Michael Sanders, East Missoula
Matthew Lowy sets fine example
I wish to express my overwhelming support for Matthew Lowy in the upcoming election for Missoula’s next Justice of the Peace. I have the great honor of calling Lowy my mentor, and my friend, as I embark on my own legal career. While there is a multitude of reasons that I could highlight for why Lowy is the right choice for Missoula, I’ll focus on what I feel are the most fundamental.
To begin with, Lowy’s fidelity to the law is uncompromised. In my first week of law school, my professors asked, “What is your duty to the law?” In preparing my answer, I immediately thought of Lowy, and felt thankful that I had him to refer to as a shining example of what it means to uphold the law in a way that serves the public. Whether it was his role as criminal prosecutor for Gallatin County, his participation on the DUI task force, or the Child Protection Team, Lowy has consistently demonstrated his dedication to upholding Montana law while making our community a safer place.
While Lowy’s selfless dedication to public service is impressive, there is a certain level of experience necessary for serving the office of Justice of the Peace. Lowy has prosecuted more than
100 trials in Montana and proven that he is a highly skilled mediator, well prepared and eager to take the next step in serving his community.
It is also important to highlight Lowy’s devotion to fairness, connectedness and community support. He works to strike an appropriate balance between punishment and rehabilitation, and through his outreach efforts, he reminds us that a strong community is strongly connected.
I enthusiastically endorse Lowy as Missoula’s next Justice of the Peace, and I encourage others to make the same investment in our community.
Anna Wallace, Missoula
"Lowy has the background and experience to meet the difficult, multi-faceted role of justice of the peace. He has the courtroom experience in both civil and criminal matters. More than that, he knows when to throw off the antiseptic “attorneys hat” when necessary and re-examine the problem from a common sense, compassionate viewpoint. His legal experience and leadership skills will make him a great justice of the peace."
- Tal Goldin
- Tal Goldin
Lowy devoted to serving
I grew up in Missoula, and am happy to have been able to return home as an adult and re-engage in our community. This is an exciting election season, with many important local positions on the ballot. I write today about the vacancy created as Missoula’s long-standing Justice of the Peace, Judge John Odlin, retires. Missoula County deserves a justice of the peace who understands and embraces the diversity of experiences of our residents and our shared values. Missoula deserves a justice of the peace committed to making this a wonderful place to live.
Matt Lowy is that candidate. Lowy has devoted his professional life to serving the people of Missoula as a deputy county attorney. He has chosen to build his family, life, career and his community here in Missoula. Now, Lowy seeks to increase his contribution to our community by stepping in to provide Missoula County with a fair, well-qualified justice of the peace.
I have known Lowy for over six years in many different capacities. I have worked with Matt in the courtroom, and we served together as members of the New Leaders Council–Montana board of directors for two years. Based on both of these experiences, I know that no one has more integrity than Matt Lowy. He is professional, respectful, and committed to doing the right thing. Lowy is a tireless advocate for justice in our county, and he strives to serve our community.
Lowy’s courtroom experience, leadership and commitment to community service make him the most qualified candidate to serve as Missoula’s next justice of the peace. He will serve Missoula well as a fair, impartial, community-oriented justice of the peace.
I am thrilled to vote for Matthew Lowy as Missoula County’s next justice of the peace. Please join me.
- Meghann Paddock
Lowy always adding to knowledge base
For the past three years, I have worked with Matthew Lowy on a routine and regular basis. During the course of our work together, several things about him have stood out to me.
The first of these is his knowledge of the law, which is kind of necessary for an officer of the judiciary to possess. Lowy has proven himself in our interactions to not only be knowledgeable in regard to statutory law but also the ever-shifting world that is case law. Many types of knowledge, however, are fluid and continuously evolving and changing. This is particularly true in the field of law.
In my interactions with Lowy, he has also shown a desire to continue learning, rather than resting his beliefs on a static knowledge base.
I believe that Lowy's work in the child welfare arena of the court system has provided unique insight into some of the most complex human dynamics in the legal system. Some of the most significant trials and tribulations suffered by the citizens of Missoula are dealt with daily in that arena and it is impossible to shy away from tough decisions.
In my mind, that is the primary job duty of a justice of the peace, a judge or any other individual in a similar role: to make tough decisions. I believe that Matthew Lowy has the ability to make those tough decisions and the desire to continuously improve himself to ensure that his decisions are the correct ones.
Please join me voting for the most qualified candidate on the ballot for our next justice of the peace, Matt Lowy.
- Eden Roberts
Dessye-Dee M. Clark
Dwight J. Schulte
Josh Van de Wetering
William "Bill" Burt
Alicia Lewis Maclean
Micah LaRae Nielsen
Beth Sellig Jaffe
Nancy de Pastino
Laura E. Cork
Sara L. Cadwell
Elizabeth Maloney Kaleva
Malin Sterns Johnson
J. Wayne Capp
"Lowy has worked hard to help Missoula’s families, protecting abused children and working to strengthen families through Missoula’s expansive community resources. This provides him with a unique insight into the ripple effects of the criminal justice system. Lowy will carry this experience into compassion for all the citizens he will serve as justice of the peace."
- Katie Carlson
- Katie Carlson
Lowy has moral, ethical stature
Matt Lowy’s experience and dedication make him the best candidate for justice of the peace. He came into his current position with the Missoula County Attorney’s Office with experience as a civil and criminal prosecutor in Bozeman. He has represented cases that involve at-risk children and families; and he has done so with tenacity and high ethical standards. He is consistently mindful of the need to be fair, uphold standards of the law and maintain an objective viewpoint that can see through the emotionality of child abuse and neglect.
Lowy is familiar with multifaceted factors related to domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. He is the only candidate who has dedicated his career trying to impact these issues for the betterment of people involved and the communities in which they live in. He knows the balance between offering options of treatment while being mindful of accountability.
I have seen all of the above during the close to eight years that I have known Matt Lowy. I have known Lowy as a community member and worked with him while I was employed as a child protection supervisor, regional administrator for Child and Family Services Division and mental health provider. He is a man who is intensely devoted to his wife and three children and dedicated to the community in which he lives. He has the presence about him that he desires to make a mark on the world by leaving it better because of the work he has done in it.
A person of Matt Lowy’s moral and ethical stature is what Missoula County needs as the next justice of the peace. Please support Matt Lowy with your vote on Nov. 4.
Lowy has necessary qualities
As a former Justice of the Peace, I know that integrity, honesty, fairness and impartiality are essential elements of performing the duties of that office.
I believe Matt Lowy has those qualities and more. He has the experience, enthusiasm and common sense to assure me that each case presented to him will be handled with dignity and respect for all involved. Lowy will be a breath of fresh air to an atmosphere that can often be emotionally charged. We need his clear thinking and sincere dedication to doing the job right, and particularly with fiscal responsibility.
Matt Lowy also has a positive attitude and interest in seeing that Missoula's courts of limited jurisdiction are brought technologically into the 21st century.
Please consider voting for Matt Lowy on Nov. 4. You won’t regret that decision.
Janet Stevens Donahue
Working with or opposing, Lowy earns my vote
I will be voting for Matt Lowy to serve as Missoula’s next justice of the peace.
I worked with Lowy on a couple of different cases. Lowy represented Child and Family Services in court. I was the court-appointed special advocate on the cases looking out for the child’s best interests. On one case, we agreed on what the outcome should be and I liked working with Lowy. On another case, we completely disagreed on what the outcome should be – and I liked working with Lowy on that case even more.
Lowy is patient and thoughtful. He respects that people can disagree, but still is able to find a way to make sure that communication channels stay open so the needs of the child are best served.
Qualities like this are what will make Lowy an excellent justice of the peace on behalf of all Missoula citizens, and why he has earned my vote.
Brad Brazier, Missoula
Colin M. Stephens
Jen Hill Tveraa
Michelle A. Davis
Stephanie K. Mann
Robert "Bob" Peterson
Ali Carlson Kelly
Angela Jacobs Persicke
Lowy is best choice for community
Matt Lowy’s genuine interest in serving the Missoula community is palpable. I have worked with Lowy for several years through my involvement in abuse and neglect cases in Missoula and have always been struck by Lowy’s genuine interest in each family and each child. He has a commitment to following the law, respecting the constitutional rights of defendants and reaching positive outcomes.
I started my work with Lowy as a volunteer children’s advocate and am now oftentimes on the other side of the fence from Lowy as a defense attorney. I appreciate that we can have a healthy disagreement yet still remain cordial and friends. He will hold his ground when necessary but isn’t afraid to change his position if he realizes a different outcome might be better.
Lowy will make an excellent justice of the peace because of these characteristics. He will be genuinely interested in rehabilitating those in need, or conversely, of keeping government out of individual’s lives when it is not warranted. He will focus on making Missoula Justice Court an efficient vehicle for solving legal issues. Though I will be disappointed to lose Lowy as an adversary, Missoula will benefit from his time on the bench.
Please join me on Nov. 4 voting for Missoula’s next justice of the peace, Matt Lowy.
Lowy shows a passion to lead
I’m writing this letter to express my support for justice of the peace candidate Matt Lowy.
I have had the opportunity to work alongside Lowy for the last few years and have experienced first-hand his in-depth knowledge of the law and his remarkable ability to clearly articulate it to others. One of Lowy’s strongest qualities is his work ethic; many times I have needed to talk through cases with Lowy, often they didn’t fall under the typical 9-to-5 workday. Even so, Lowy is always willing to pick up the phone and answer my questions.
Lowy also isn’t the kind of guy to shy away from the difficult cases; he has the knowledge and self-confidence to step out in front of the court and ensure the children in this community are safe.
My experience with Lowy has proven that he is passionate about providing for the safety of Missoula’s children, while protecting the rights of children and parents alike. Missoula needs leaders like Lowy; people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do the difficult work to get people the help they need while holding them accountable for their actions. That is why I support Lowy for Missoula Justice of the Peace.
"Matthew Lowy is running for Justice of the Peace and serves on the New Leaders Council board with me. He is enthusiastic, proactive, pragmatic and driven. Oh, and smart – exceptionally smart. Every conversation we have feels like a hug and a kick in the pants at the same time (in the best possible way)."
- Skander Spies
- Skander Spies
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