Steve Chvilicek du Havre, a candidate in this year’s Republican primary for Montana’s Senate District 14, spoke at a meeting of North Central Pachyderms on Friday and touted his merits as a candidate.
Chvilicek spoke of his life growing up on a family farm north of Hingham, learning the value of competition and hard work which he described as one of the greatest gifts his parents gave him.
He said he started mowing lawns in sixth grade, a business that would be the precursor to his eventual landscaping business which he started after finishing school and continuing to teach and coach sports at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School.
“It was around the time that I started to feel the need to be independent,” he said.
He said he eventually got a call asking if he would be interested in landscaping a new restaurant across from Independence Bank, and after receiving the offer he stopped working. teach and opened Frontier Lawn and Landscaping with business partners.
Chvilicek said he was grateful for the experience he gained in running this business which brought great successes but also a few failures, including someone who embezzled more than $147,000 from him.
He said he and his partner separated in 2017 and he left the company, but are still on good terms.
He said he still owns a cattle farm and does landscaping, which brings him to the present and his countryside.
Chvilicek said despite concerns, his campaign has been going well so far.
“When I make a bad decision, or something bad happens to me, I get a canker sore, and guess what, I haven’t had a canker sore yet,” he said.
He said part of the reason he’s running is because it’s only 90 days every two years, so he won’t need to completely change careers like a county commissioner would.
He also said that at 56, he wants to keep pushing himself and he wants to help and protect the district he thinks is the best in the state.
Chvilicek said he hadn’t been to the Capitol since an eighth grade field trip and was excited to return if elected.
He said he felt he had a good core of knowledge for the job as well as a network of smart friends to help him make good decisions.
He said he was ready to listen to everyone, including lobbyists, but he would not always agree with them.
As for his political positions, Chvilicek said, he is staunchly pro-life and pro-death penalty, positions in which he says he sees no contradiction because the death penalty inmates made the choices that put them in this situation.
“I believe life begins at conception. I’m a big believer in that. No one is going to change my view on that,” he said. “…All ages, from start to finish, I want to protect everyone. It’s a little different from the death penalty.”
He said he loves guns and as long as people are raised between good parents and God, there is no reason to change the way things are when it comes to guns.
Chvilicek said he had no particular problem with Russ Tempel and said there was not much separating them, although one attendee said he hoped Chvilicek was more conservative than Tempel, which Chvilicek said yes to.
Chvilicek also said he was concerned about the state of the local economy amid the current drought and the inflation that is happening nationally.
He said he thought the world was going down the wrong path and it was a scary place right now and he didn’t know how much control they had over him.
Chvilicek’s mother, Loy Chvilicek, responded to this question by saying that the only control they have is at the local level with county commissioners and their election administrators.
Loy Chvilicek then spent some time talking about voter integrity, including the implication that Hill County has a problem with voter fraud, a claim that has been repeatedly refuted by local election officials.
Despite many conservative activists and operatives, as well as some Republican politicians, raising suspicions about Montana’s election integrity following the 2020 election, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found in the state or in the United States.
Loy Chvilicek encouraged people to ask the county what’s inside the voting machines.
Havre City Councilman Andrew Brekke also spoke about voter integrity and criticized election officials for their handling of issues surrounding voting integrity in the county.
“Nobody’s saying anything specific was done wrong, we don’t know. They’re just saying, ‘Trust us and don’t ask questions,'” Brekke said. “Well, that’s not responsible.”
Hill County election officials, including Hill County Clerk and Recorder Sue Armstrong, have repeatedly said over the past two years that there is no evidence of voter fraud in Hill County. , and they’re happy to answer people’s questions and walk them through the process. what happens during the vote.
During the meeting, Brekke also said Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen will visit the group sometime next month and Montana State Auditor Troy Downing may also come in June.
In July, he said, they will have a speaker there to talk about ideas for Colstrip sanitation, and in August the Montana Election Integrity Project will present.