Montana’s 2020 candidates
This list currently excludes Montana candidates for two open Supreme Court seats, three Public Service Commission districts, and Montana House and Senate races, as well as local races, including city commission and school board elections.
- Governor -
Republicans for Governor
Fox, wrapping up his second four-year term as Montana’s attorney general, announced his campaign for governor in January. Originally from Hardin, he has a University of Montana law degree and formerly worked as an attorney in private practice.
Gianforte was the Republican nominee for governor in 2016, but failed to derail Gov. Steve Bullock’s re-election bid. Entering politics after founding and selling RightNow Technologies in Bozeman, he was elected to the U.S. House in the 2017 special election and re-elected to a two-year term in 2019. He was also convicted of misdemeanor assault for attacking a reporter during his 2017 run. Gianforte filed to run for Montana governor a second time June 7.
Democrats for Governor
Schreiner is a four-term representative who served in minority House leadership during the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions. He is termed-out of the House in 2020. Schreiner is a former science teacher who now serves as director of the Montana State Workforce Innovation Board. He announced he was ending his campaign Feb. 3, saying he wasn’t raising enough money to be competitive in the gubernatorial contest.
Williams, of Missoula, announced her candidacy Oct. 3. She is the daughter of longtime Montana Congressman Pat Williams and Carol Williams, who was the first woman to serve as Montana Senate majority leader. She is also the founder and CEO of williamsworks, a Missoula-based philanthropic consulting firm.
Libertarian for Governor
- U.S. Senate -
Republicans for U.S. Senate
Daines, who worked for Greg Gianforte as an executive at the Bozeman company RightNow Technologies, was Montana’s U.S. representative during the 2012 term, and was elected to the Senate in 2014. He has said he plans to seek re-election to a second term in 2020.
Larson, of Stevensville, announced his primary challenge to Daines in February. A hardware store owner and political newcomer, told MTN News he thinks the race needs a conservative who believes in true Christian values, limited government and responsible spending.
Democrats for U.S. Senate
Collins, elected mayor of Helena in 2017, announced his bid for the U.S. Senate May 13. A Liberian refugee, he fled his home country’s civil war in the 1990s. Collins is thought to be Montana’s first black mayor since statehood.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
- U.S. House -
Republicans for U.S. House
Dooling, a rancher from the Helena valley and chairman of the Lewis and Clark County GOP Central Committee, filed paperwork to run for Montana’s U.S. House seat June 24. He is the husband of state Rep. Julie Dooling.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
Stapleton, a former state senator, was elected secretary of state in 2016, and made unsuccessful primary bids for governor in 2012 and the U.S. House in 2014. He has an engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and previously worked as a financial adviser in Billings. He said in January that he would run for Montana governor, but switched to the U.S. House race after Gianforte announced his own gubernatorial bid.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
Evankovich, of Butte, filed for U.S. House with the Montana Secretary of State Jan. 9 and the Federal Election Commission Feb. 15. As of Feb. 17, he didn’t appear to have a website or campaign social media presence.
Democrats for U.S. House
Rains, of Simms, is an Army veteran who owns a ranch. He filed to run for the U.S. House July 1, 2019, then announced he was withdrawing to run for the Montana House Jan. 21, 2020.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
- Attorney General -
Republicans for Attorney General
Knudsen, an attorney from Culbertson, served eight years in the Montana House of Representatives, including four as one of the state’s youngest-ever speakers of the House. He announced his candidacy May 20. Knudsen, who was termed out of the House after four terms, was elected Roosevelt County Attorney in 2018.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
Democrats for Attorney General
- Secretary of State -
Republicans for Secretary of State
Bowen, who was elected clerk of the Montana Supreme Court in 2018, said he would run for secretary of state Nov. 5. He previously served as a secretary of state’s office spokesman and is a past executive director of the Montana Republican Party.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
Democrat for Secretary of State
Bennett, a state senator from Missoula, announced his candidacy for secretary of state May 29. He is the executive director of the Montana Public Interest Research Group, a University of Montana-affiliated policy nonprofit, and has served in the Legislature since 2011.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast
- Superintendent of Public Instruction -
Republican for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Democrat for Superintendent of Public Instruction
- State Auditor -
Republicans for State Auditor
Nicol, of Billings, announced her candidacy in October. According to her LinkedIn profile, she has worked at Miles City-based Victory Insurance Company for more than a decade.
Democrat for State Auditor
Morigeau, a state representative from Missoula, announced his candidacy for state auditor June 30. He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and has a law degree from the University of Montana.On the Montana Lowdown Podcast