Mitzi Vorachek has announced her candidacy for the Montana House of Representatives (HD58). The district encompasses Carbon County. Vorachek, a Democrat, who lives in Red Lodge, said, “I’m running for the a seat in the Montana House of Representatives because I want the Montana legislature to refocus on the bread and butter issues that are of the greatest concern to Montanans: spurring our economy, creating jobs, protecting our environment, improving education, strengthening our families, and making life better for our children and grandchildren.” “I am also running because I believe in public service. My whole working life has been one of service, from raising two daughters to be ethical, good citizens, to teaching in public schools, to developing economic development projects, to advocating for victims of violence. Serving in the Montana House of Representatives is a continuation of this public service. I love Montana and its people, and my roots are here.” Vorachek recently retired as the Executive Director of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, an organization she founded in 1999. Vorachek is a native Montanan, born in Havre and has lived in Chinook, Lewistown, and Red Lodge. “Both of my parents, Josephine Chesarek and Vernon Fredlund, were native Montanans. My mother was born and raised in Bearcreek, and my father was raised in Chinook. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Yugoslavia at the turn of the last century and landed in Bearcreek where they owned the First and Last Chance Saloon. My paternal grandfather’s family emigrated from Norway; my grandfather later owned a title company and was mayor of Chinook.” She has been married to Jim Vorachek for 48 years and has two daughters. Jim Vorachek is a retired research chemist who managed industry laboratories in Texas and Pennsylvania. He is a veteran who served with the U. S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Viet Nam. Vorachek is also a member of the Red Lodge Rotary Club, Calvary Episcopal Church and former board chair of the Carbon County Historical Society. “As an energetic retiree, with my Montana roots restored, I’m ready to go to work for the citizens of House District 58,” said Vorachek.