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Bremner prepares to serve as Glacier County's first woman commissioner

Browning woman prepares to serve as Glacier County's first female commissioner
Posted at 9:01 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 11:01:40-05

A Browning woman is making history after being elected as the first woman to serve on the Glacier County Commission.

Mary Jo Bremner, who ran as an independent, was elected in November to replace Tom McKay. Bremner taught at Browning High School for 30 years — she taught for so long that many of the Glacier County officials she’ll be working with are former students of hers. After teaching, she moved to the Montana Board of Public Education for seven years.

Bremner came out of retirement to run for the commission seat, which ended in a historic win. She’ll be the first woman, and Native American woman, to hold the position. she said she’ll prrioritize budgeting and infrastructure in her first term, and as a Native American, she wants to help bridge the divide between county and tribal governments.

“I think that I’ll be able to meet with the tribal council when there are issues that come up, so that they don’t go unresolved, and not ignored between the two places,” she said.

Bremner said she hopes her election will motivate other women in Glacier County to run for office in future elections.