Fort Benton Man Announces Candidacy for Governor

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – Chouteau County Commissioner Jim O’Hara has announced he’ll be running for governor in 2012, using hand-painted signs to introduce himself to voters.

The Fort Benton native announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket Thursday. He is among seven candidates running to succeed Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.

O’Hara has been a county commissioner for 10 years. He says his background with agriculture, energy and business set him apart from other candidates.

O’Hara says his campaign will involve more traveling than fundraising and he has been working on painting 70 billboard-sized signs to post around the state.

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