Another Democrat Announces Run for Rehberg’s Seat

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Another Democrat is announcing an intention to run for Congress next year.

Melinda Gopher, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, joins former Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald and Missoula lawyer Tyler Gernant in seeking the party’s nomination.

Montana’s lone U.S. House seat is held by Republican Denny Rehberg.

Gopher, 44, says she is a writer, blogger and volunteer in helping organize with the Chippewa nations in the state.

Gopher says she supports a public option to let people buy government insurance as part of health care overhaul.

Gernant has said he supports the objectives laid out by President Barack Obama, which may not require an option for government insurance. McDonald has staked out more liberal ground, supporting a single-payer plan that is languishing in Congress.

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