HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s candidate filing season has come to a close.
Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen opened the first day of Montana’s 2022 candidate filing on Thursday, January 13, 2022, and a total of 333 candidate filings were submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday before filing closed at 5 p.m.
Multiple candidates filed over the final weekend, and 40 filed on Monday, including a handful in person at the Secretary of State’s Office.
“Thank you to all the candidates who filed for office to represent our great state at the local and national level,” said Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen. “It’s an honor and privilege and I wish all the candidates the best of luck in the upcoming elections.”
Montana’s 2022 midterm elections will have two congressional seats on the ballot after the U.S. Census Bureau announced its population data last year. A total of 20 candidates filed for the two seats (an additional two candidates withdrew).
Montana’s new congressional seat, U.S. House District 1, drew nine candidates: Ryan Zinke, Al “Doc” Olszewski, Cora Neumann, Monica Tranel, Mary Todd, Matt Jette, Mitch Heuer, Tom Winter, and John Lamb.
Current U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale filed for U.S. House District 2, joining 10 other candidates: Roger Roots, Skylar Williams, James Boyette, Kyle Austin, Mark Sweeney, Penny Ronning, Charles Walking Child, Sam Rankin, Samuel Thomas and Gary Buchanan.
Buchanan, Lamb, Roots, Thomas, and Winter filed on Monday.
Also filing Monday was current Public Service Commissioner and Chairman James Brown. Brown filed for Supreme Court Justice #2, challenging incumbent Justice Ingrid Gustafson and fellow challenger, District Court Judge Mike McMahon.
Incumbent Justice Jim Rice and Bill D’Alton filed for Supreme Court Justice #1.
Nine candidates filed for the two open Public Service Commissioner races — three for PSC #1, including incumbent Randy Pinocci, and six for PSC #5.
A total of 287 candidates filed for legislative office, with 54 candidates filing for the Montana Senate, while the other 233 filed for the Montana House. Thirty-two legislative candidate filings were submitted on Monday.
Eighty-five legislative incumbents will appear on the ballot, with 21 running unopposed. Of the 64 incumbents facing challengers, 15 are scheduled for the primary election in June. A total of 47 legislative races are scheduled for the primary election.
For more information about candidate filing and the offices on the 2022 ballot, visit the “File For Office” page on the Montana Secretary of State’s website. Montana’s 2022 Election Calendars are also available online.
Montana’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, while the general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
*Note: Twenty-seven candidate filings were withdrawn and this number is not included in the total filings listed above. Please see the candidate filing lists for more details.