Richard Sax O'Brien 2015

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Retired farmer and real estate agent Richard “Buck” O’Brien, a two-time Democratic candidate for Congress in the 1980s, died T uesday in a Great Falls h ospital. A s a Conrad area grain farmer, O’Brien, 82, chal- l enged Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Marlenee for Montana’s eastern district congressional seat in 1986 a nd 1988. C amp aigning for months throughout the sprawl- i ng district, O ’Brien gave t he 10-year incumbent a particularly tough race in 1986, with M arlenee winning by a 534 7 percent margin. “ Buck was part of a Montana tradition of populist Democratic politicians, much like (then) Gov. Ted Schwinden,” recalled Joe L amson, who was campaign m anager for Democratic U .S. Rep. Pat Williams in the state’s western congressional district during the same time frame. “ Buck was on the road c onstantly campaigning, c harging that Marlenee wasn’t working hard enough for Montana ranch- e rs and farmers during a tough period for the state’s natural resource industries. He also won some support in Billings and Great Falls in urging more social spending.” O’Brien tried again in 1988, but didn’t fare as well, with Marlenee winning by a 56-44 percent margin. B y 1992, after Montana lost one of its two House seats in the 1990 census, W illiams bested Marlenee in a hard-fought race for M ontana’s sole congress ional seat, by a 51to 47 percent margin, with a third- p arty candidate getting the remainder. “Buck was a faithful c hurch member, who was active on boards and committees, rarely missed w ork parties and was a good student of the Bible,” said recently retired First Congregational UCC minister Jim Petersen. Richard O’Brien dies at age 82 By Peter Johnson Tribune Staff Writer O’Brien

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  1. Great Falls Tribune,
  2. 08 Jan 2015, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page M1

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