Reilly Neill, Ex- of CMI, Wins Legislative Post in Montana

Reform campaign nets upset victory for one of our own, now a publisher in her own right and a freshly elected state representative.



Montana State Rep.-Elect Reilly Neill
  • Montana State Rep.-Elect Reilly Neill
At Contemporary Media (the umbrella name of the parent company which operates the Flyer, Memphis Magazine, and numerous other local publications), the term “entry-level position” means something a bit different than it does at other businesses.

Literally, the person who sits at our reception desk on the second floor at 460 Tennessee St. (which is, appropriately enough, the “entry level” for all visitors) has more than a reasonable expectation of doing well in the world. Many of the decision-making jobs at CMI are held by people who sat at the receptionist’s desk. Many? Let’s say most, or even all, when you consider that everybody in the building -- regardless of longevity, title, or function -- does a regular turn at the desk, at least for an hour at a time, on a rotating basis.

Talk about putting one’s best face to the world! We have had more than one well-known music diva sitting there, actors of distinction, entrepreneurs,movers and shakers of all kinds. And now, as of the political season just concluded, we can proudly count among these high achievers a bona fide rising politician -- Reilly Neill, whose hard and astute campaigning made her an upset victor last week, when she won a state representative’s position in Montana.

Rep.-elect Neill, a Democrat, turned out a Republican incumbent with a reform campaign, which -- well, a post-election press report says it succinctly: “During her campaign, Neill said she supports responsible natural resource development, public employee unions and health insurance reform. She also said she supports a government-funded jobs proposal that died in the 2011 Legislature. She emphasized the budget responsibilities of the Legislature over social issues, and said the 2013 session will need to make some important decisions regarding the more than $400 million surplus in state coffers.”

That, we submit, has the ring of the real deal.

Reilly Neill -- a 1991 graduate of Memphis Central High School, whose father, Kenneth Neill, is the founder and publisher of the Flyer -- is one of our own in many ways, including the fact that she’s a practicing journalist herself as the publisher of the Livingston Current, an arts, entertainment and news periodical. We congratulate Rep. Neill and also her constituents for choosing well. We already knew what she could do!

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