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electionlineWeekly — December 22, 2016

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I. In Focus This Week

Exit interviews with Secretaries McCulloch and Tenant

 The New Year will bring new elections leadership in several states (with Maggie Toulouse Oliver already in place in New Mexico), but before the new bosses take office, we sat down with two departing secretaries of state Montana’s Linda McCulloch and West Virginia’s Natalie Tennant.

McCulloch and Tennant were both elected the secretary of state’s office in their respective states in 2008 and both were re-elected in 2012. McCulloch was term-limited and could not seek re-election in 2016 and Tennant was defeated for a third term.

Both women were pioneers in very different ways. McCulloch was the first, and will remain for now, the only woman to ever hold the secretary of state’s office in Montana. Tennant because the first and one of only two women to serve as the school mascot for West Virginia University which garnered her national news coverage in 1990.

Tennant and McCulloch were both active on the national stage in the field of elections and both of them saw the implementation of numerous elections-related measures in their states during their tenure.

While we look forward to working with their successors, electionline will miss both McCulloch and Tennant who have always been responsive and open and true advocates for elections.