Troy Downing of Big Sky says its time to try something new, and that’s part of the reason he filed last month to run for the U.S. Senate for Montana.
The political newcomer is the CEO of AC Self Storage Solutions, a self-storage real estate investment firm based in California. He said his political inexperience would actually bring a lot to the table for Montana.
“I think a lot of the way this country was founded is that was an expectation,” Downing said. “When you sent someone to Washington representing your state, they were people from your state who had businesses, had lives before politics.”Downing said he hopes to be a refreshing option for the state, which is what brought him to Montana in the first place.
Downing left California after high school and went to New York University to study information technology. After graduating from the program, he worked as a research scientist in the IT department at the university and had a startup company that later merged with Yahoo!
Downing had been in between California and Montana when he discovered his love for Montana, around the winter of 1998. He said about five or six years ago he started spending the majority of his time in the Big Sky state.
“My heart’s been here. This has always been my home,” Downing said.
Around the time of the 9/11 attacks, Downing, feeling burned out by the technology industry, decided to enlist in the Air National Guard. He served for eight years.
Downing said he’s fed up with watching the representatives the state is sending to Washington, D.C. He said it angers him watching the yelling and dysfunction that goes on with representatives at the national level.