Montana's 2020 election
Montana's 2020 election
The Montana Free Press guide
Democrat for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Romano is a Helena teacher. She was the 2016 Democratic nominee for superintendent of public instruction, losing to Arntzen.

Key coverage in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Race profile: The rematch for OPI

Four years after their first electoral contest, Elsie Arntzen and Melissa Romano are once again battling for the state superintendent of public instruction seat.

Montana Lowdown: Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen interviewed by MTFP Editor-In-Chief John Adams before the June 2020 primary

Montana Lowdown: Melissa Romano

Teacher Melissa Romano interviewed by MTFP Editor-In-Chief John Adams before the June 2020 primary

MTN News debate: Superintendent of Public Instruction

Video of Arntzen and Romano at their MTN News debate broadcast Sept. 18
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Fundraising and campaign spending

As a state candidate, Romano files campaign finance reports with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. See the COPP Campaign Electronic Reporting System for official records. Data shown here is current through 10/14/2020.
Total raised
Total spending
Itemized individual contributions
From committees
Note: Self-financing includes candidate contributions and campaign loans. Prior to Jan. 17, 2019, these figures underreported fundraising for state candidates by omitting unitemized contributions. Unitemized contribution totals, which include small-dollar donations, are calculated here by subtracting itemized cash contributions from reported fundraising totals.

Contributions by zip code: Melissa Romano (D)

Portion of itemized fundraising from Montana donors
Itemized individual contributions
Number at $360 contribution limit
Note: Individual donors are limited to giving $710 per election to gubernatorial candidates and $360 per election to candidates for other statewide offices, with the primary and general contests counted as separate elections.

On the issues

Due to time constraints, MTFP didn't conduct a candidate questionnaire for this race before the June primary.

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