Bryher (rhymes with “fire”) is a Welsh name. Herak is Croatian. Bryher’s grandparents were Irish and Croatian immigrants who worked in mines in Butte and Anaconda. They moved to the Mission Valley north of Missoula, in the early 1900’s to farm and raise their families. Her parents continued that tradition and taught their nine children the value of hard work.
After graduating from Carroll College and completing law school in Washington, DC, Bryher moved to Seattle, where she owned businesses and worked in civil and legal rights and mediation. In 1992 she was chosen as Seattle Woman of the Year. In 1994 the Greater Seattle Business Association selected her business as the Business of the Year. As a member of the Seattle Women’s Commission, she advised the mayor and city council on women’s issues. She worked with trade unions and contractors to increase women and minorities in trades and construction.
Bryher moved to Basin in 2000 to be near her twin brother, George, a long-term resident of the Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder. She visited him often and eventually became involved in MDC’s Human Rights Committee. Governor Schweitzer appointed her Chair of the Governor’s Disability Advisory Council in 2005. She was at her brother’s side when he died in 2014.
Bryher owned the High Note coffee shop and art gallery in Basin between 2004-2008. From 2008-2014 she worked as a mediator for the Montana Human Rights Bureau, helping small businesses across Montana resolve disputes and conflicts.
Why should I support her?
Bryher believes in small business and community. She has owned and operated several small businesses, community centers that brought together folks of different backgrounds and political views. She knows from experience that, working together, people can make their communities safer, more fun, and richer in essential resources like good jobs, good schools, and clean water and air.
Bryher knows how make government work. She was a facilitator with the Boulder community circles that aided in establishing the Boulder growth plan She is a member of the Boulder Development Fund Board. She understands how laws are made and how compromises can be win-win.
Bryher is an effective mediator. She has worked as a professional mediator for 20 years, helping families, communities, and businesses resolve conflicts and avoid lawyers, courts, and costly legal battles. She will work across the aisle to find common sense solutions.
Bryher listens and cares and she loves Jefferson County. She wants to hear from you. She wants to understand what issues are important to you and your families, so that she can represent you and serve you well in Helena.