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As an advocate, an educator, and a community member I understand the needs of our community and the commitment it will take to solve the problems that keep our families up at night. It’s time we focus on results, not ideology.


After growing up experiencing the reality and economic uncertainty of life after the layoffs and collapse of the Montana Power Company, I dedicated my education and life to the causes of the working class. Witnessing the steadfast resolve of my mother to reinvent our circumstances through the foundation of education and hard work showed me anything is possible with access to education and opportunity.


Helena is a community where we look out for our neighbors and lend a helping hand. I want to ensure our children grow up in a Helena that is prosperous and kind, and opens the doors of opportunity. Advocating and fighting for Helena’s families means addressing issues including adequate and affordable housing, access to healthcare, and strong job opportunities. That’s why I ran for the Helena City Commission.


I understand what it takes to transform classrooms and communities, public parks and public services; and I am ready to work on behalf of every Helena citizen to build a stronger, more prosperous Helena.

I will work to innovate in how we deliver public services to our community and how we support and empower families to flourish. Improving city government transparency and communication while expanding the collaborative initiatives undertaken by the dozens of entities in the Helena community is necessary to improve services. I believe our local ambitions and efforts can and should work to ensure economic and social dignity for every member of the Helena community.

Helena is coming to a crossroads: let’s forge a new and ambitious path to unite this community and improve the lives of all those who call Helena home. 


In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you. I want to know your concerns and hopes for Helena. Let’s build a stronger, more prosperous Helena together.



Emily Dean is a proud citizen of Helena where she lives and works advocating for kids and public education. Growing up in the midst of the collapse of the Montana Power Company, Emily resolved to take on the causes of the working class through the pursuit of educational equity and expanding opportunities for families. Emily learned the value of public service at an early age through involvement in volunteerism and local politics. Through the influence and example of her mother, grandparents and family, Emily learned the value of hard work and dedication to family and community.

Emily is a product of Carroll College where she was elected Student Body President and spearheaded a number of student- centered campaigns that continue to impact students’ well-being. Upon graduation, Emily moved to Dallas where she taught high school U.S. Government and Economics in the neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Through the experiences with and of her students, Emily’s deep belief in the power of education and building an inclusive community was affirmed. After receiving a Masters Degree in Education from Southern Methodist University, Emily returned to Helena determined to bring opportunity to our community. She has served in a variety of communications and advocacy roles within state government and local organizations.


In recent years, Emily has led the revival of the historic Downtown Helena landmark of the Montana Club, serving as President of the Board of Directors as the 134 year old establishment transitioned from a private non-profit club to a thriving community-owned cooperative.


Recent News

IR Editorial Board Endorsement: Time for a Change on the Helena City Commission

Letter to the Editor: Emily Dean Deserves Your Vote

Helena Independent Record Op-Ed: Fighting for a Stronger, More Prosperous Helena