Montana’s Lieutenant Governor is Running for Governor

Mike Cooney is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor

By Associated Press

BUTTE – Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

The Montana Standard reports the 64-year-old will announce his candidacy at noon Wednesday in Butte, his hometown.

His key issues are improving work-based learning and apprenticeships, holding down prescription drug prices and preserving Montana values. He says with Republicans holding the majority in the legislature, it’s good to have a Democrat as governor to maintain balance.

Cooney’s political career includes serving in the legislature, working for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus and three terms as secretary of state. He was named Gov. Steve Bullock’s third lieutenant governor in 2015.

House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner of Great Falls and former legislator Reilly Neill of Livingston are also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Attorney General Tim Fox and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte are seeking the Republican nomination.

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