Montana offices up for election in 2020
This list excludes state legislative races and local races such as city commission and school board seats.
Montana races for federal office (U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats) are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission. State office races are regulated by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.
Montana’s chief executive, tasked with overseeing state agencies and proposing state budgets to the Montana Legislature, elected to a four-year term. Also one of five seats on the Montana Board of Land Commissioners, which has authority over state trust lands. Incumbent Gov. Steve Bullock is facing term limits and running for the U.S. Senate.
The state’s chief law enforcement and legal officer, who oversees the state Department of Justice, issues legal opinions interpreting state law, and advocates for the public interest in certain legal proceedings. One of five seats on the state land board, and elected to a four-year term. Incumbent Tim Fox is facing term limits and made an unsuccessful run for governor.
Heads the Montana Office of Public Instruction and oversees the state’s K-12 school system, much of which is governed directly by locally elected school boards. Also holds a seat on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term. Incumbent Elsie Arntzen is seeking re-election.
Runs the office responsible for protecting Montanans from fraud by regulating the insurance and securities industries. Also holds a seat on the state land board. Elected to a four-year term. Incumbent Matt Rosendale is running for the U.S. House.
Two seats on the Montana Supreme Court, which hears cases appealed from lower courts and oversees the state judicial system. In districts that had more than two candidates, the two who received the most votes in the June primary advanced to the November general election. Montana judicial elections are nonpartisan.
Three district-based seats on the five-member Montana Public Service Commission, which regulates monopoly utilities including power companies such as NorthWestern Energy. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms. The remaining two commissioners, Randy Pinocci and Brad Johnson, are out-of-cycle in 2020. Johnson made an unsuccessful bid for secretary of state.