Letter: from Mary Sand

I support Bryher Herak for state legislature in HD 75. Bryher (rhymes with “fire”) is my sister and one of the most informed, compassionate, and hardworking people I know. Others have written about her many achievements and contributions. I want to write about her in a more personal way.

Bryher grew up in a hardworking Montana farm/ranch family with five brothers and three sisters She went on to earn a law degree, practice law, and go into business. About 20 years ago she left a successful career in Seattle (“Woman of the Year,” “Business of the Year”) to be near our brother George, her twin, who was a long-time resident at Montana Developmental Center (MDC) in Boulder. For years, Bryher spent many hours each week visiting George, while also working as a mediator and running a small business.

Thanks to Bryher and MDC’s good work, George gained the skills necessary to move to a group home in Butte, where Bryher continued her many visits. At one point, when George became deathly ill, Bryher moved him into her house for months and nursed him back to health. When he was strong enough to return to his home, he was calmer, more content, and more present than ever. Our brother died peacefully a few years later, with his twin sister at his side.

I could tell dozens of stories about how Bryher walks the walk, and she always does so in ways that bring people together. When a friend developed terminal Alzheimer’s a few years ago, for example, Bryher and other friends oversaw her care for two years, making an intense time commitment.

“Civility, Community, Common Sense”—that’s Bryher’s campaign slogan. Add “kindness, commitment, and compassion” — that’s Bryher.