Citizens’ Super PAC - OpenSource Montana – Launches Its Second Political Ad Contest Allowing Every Day Montanans & Filmmakers to Have Their Voices Heard in the Election of Montana’s Governor

$3,100 in Prize Money Goes to the Winning Producers of Ads Chosen by Voters and The Board of OpenSource Montana to be the Most Effective and Compelling

MONTANA, September 5, 2019 – The 2020 Montana Governor’s Election to determine who will serve as Montana’s next Governor is heating up, with the three primary GOP candidates sniping at each other and positioning themselves to appeal to the extreme right-wing of the Montana Republican Party. With both a Democratic and Republican Primary in full-swing, the leadership of OpenSource Montana has launched its second Montana Political Ad Contest, allowing people and filmmakers from all viewpoints to share their stories and have their voices heard publicly in this election contest.

A $1,500.00 first prize, $1,000.00 second prize, $500 third prize and $100 Audience Award will go to the winning advertisements submitted on-line according to the terms of the contest. A combination of public voting and the views of the Board of Directors of OpenSource Montana will determine the winners.

“The next Governor of the State of Montana will have some massive challenges that will need to be addressed, including the key issues upon which our organization is focused, such as public education, women’s issues, trade policy and climate change, where agricultural and ranching bankruptcies are having an increasingly DAMAGING impact on our Montana economy.

We are asking Montanans: Are you going to let President Donald Trump and the rubber stamp Republicans who let him get away with his radical policies continue to lead our country and take over the Montana’s Governor’s office? What do you hope for from our next governor – what Montana values does Donald Trump trample that you think our next governor should live up to?

The 2020 Montana Republican Governor Primary race has heated up, with the three highest profile candidates pandering to the most extreme elements of the Montana and national Republican Party. We want to see and hear the opinions of every day Montanans, from all walks of life, so their stories can be told and leveraged to better inform people running for office, to keep Montana great. Much like our first successful political ad contest that focused on healthcare and the poor voting record of U.S. SenatorSteve Daines – with multiple ads soon to be aired on Montana television – we know people are eager to tell their stories, so elected officials and people running for office will better understand the people they serve. We are excited to share with them this opportunity to do so.”

Susan Carstensen, Scott Rosenzweig, Swep Davis, co-Founders of OpenSource Montana

Ads from three of the winners of the previous contest highlighting stories from a future medical provider, a Type One diabetes patient and a woman seeking better healthcare for women will begin running on TV in Montana in September. All of the videos are viewable on the OpenSource Montana Facebook page.


OpenSource Montana Announces The Winners of its “tell your healthcare story” video contest

Montana’s Citizens’ Super PAC Distributes $3,000.00 in Prize Money to Winners of Crowdsourced Stories from Montana Filmmakers Educating Voters Regarding Access to Affordable, High-Quality Healthcare

Montana – Deeply personal, moving and troubling stories of the state of healthcare in Montana and in the United States were submitted to the first OpenSource Montana “Tell Your Healthcare Story” video contest conducted over the past several weeks throughout Montana.

Now, after contest jury voting administered by Montana-based Audience Awards, the $3,000.00 of prize money is awarded to the Final Round Jury Winners:   



Andrew Zwijack’s Envisioning The Future of Healthcare Through the Eyes of a Pre-Med Student

Gaaby Patterson’s Heroes

Marshall Granger’s Affordable Care for Montanans with Type 1 Diabetes

A special Audience Award was earned by Jessica G. FerreR for her video open letter

“These intensely personal, painful and informative stories are helping to raise awareness among our citizens as well as our elected officials regarding the devastating state of healthcare in our country,” said Susan Carstensen, Chair, OpenSource Montana Board of Directors.  “For OpenSource Montana, these video stories are the voices of Montana that we will continue to promote in order to pressure elected officials to improve access and affordability of healthcare, including coverage of pre-existing conditions.  We are grateful to all who submitted their stories and are honored to have such wonderful participation in this first contest of its kind in Montana.”  

Here’s a quick recap from Susan on why OpenSource chose to run the healthcare story video contest to raise awareness of this important issue:

OSMT Board Member Susan Carstensen on the Growing Role of Women in Montana’s Tech Industry.

As the tech industry grows in Montana, are women growing with it?

By Abby Lynes ● Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer

Susan Carstensen Montana tech industry

A longtime veteran of Bozeman’s tech world, Susan Carstensen, said the business climate for women in Montana doesn’t look like it did when she first started.

“The difference between 1995 and today, I think, is pretty dramatic,” she said.

Carstensen worked for RightNow Technologies, now Oracle, as a chief operating officer, chief financial officer and senior vice president of customer experience. She serves on numerous organizations’ boards and now does consulting for up-and-coming tech companies at Yellowstone Growth Partners, and she said she and others have worked hard to bring more women to the table.

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