Montana's 2020 election
Montana's 2020 election
The Montana Free Press guide

Superintendent of Public Instruction

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.





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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Campaign finance

As reported in quarterly filings. Data current through 11/02/2020.
Total raised in race
Total spent
CandidateTotal raisedItemized individual contributionsCommittee contributionsSelf-financingUnitemized contributions
Melissa Romano (D)$489,799$340,346$14,140$350$134,963
Elsie Arntzen (R-INCUMBENT)$204,528$80,648$16,260$85,000$22,620
Kevin Leatherbarrow (L)$0$0$0$0$0
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.
Source: Campaign finance reports filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. See the COPP-administered Campaign Electronic Reporting System for official records.

Primary results

Vote totals from Montana's June 2, 2020 primary election.
GOP OPI primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
ELSIE ARNTZEN178,151100.0%0
Dem. OPI primary
CandidateVotes counted% of voteVotes behind
MELISSA ROMANO132,786100.0%0

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