HELENA, Mont. — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen says four Congressional candidates filed for office this week, highlighting the fourth week of the candidate filing period in Montana.
Three candidates officially filed paperwork for United States Representative races, including two in the District 2 race – Ric Holden and Stacy Zinn. To date, four candidates (Holden, Zinn, Joel Krautter, and Kyle Austin) have had their filings processed for that race by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Meanwhile, District 1 incumbent Rep. Ryan Zinke filed for re-election on Friday in the other U.S. Representative race and is the only candidate to have filed with the Secretary of State’s Office for that seat so far.
Current U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale officially filed paperwork for Montana’s Senate seat on Friday, becoming the third candidate (Brad Johnson, Jon Tester) to file.
“It’s great to see Montanans prepared to serve our great state in Washington D.C.,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “It’s an honor to assist them with their filings, and I wish them the best of luck in the upcoming elections.”
Other filings processed this week included candidates for the Montana Legislature, District Court Judge, and the Secretary of State.
As of 5 p.m. on February 9, a total of 260 candidate filings have been processed by the Secretary of State’s Office, with 202 filing for races in the Montana Legislature. Forty-two filings have been processed for the Montana Senate compared to 160 for Montana’s House of Representative seats. Twelve Senate races have at least two candidates, while 46 races for the Montana House currently have multiple filings processed.
The offices of the Attorney General, State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Secretary of State have each received one candidate filing, as have the races for Supreme Court Chief Justice and Clerk of the Supreme Court. Justice No. 3 for the Supreme Court has two candidate filings processed.
Thirty-eight candidate filings have been processed for District Court Judges, and four Public Service Commission candidates have also filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office.
“It’s great to see Montanans from across the state stepping up to run for office and represent our family, friends, and neighbors,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “Good luck to all candidates in 2024.”
In total, 138 filings have been processed for Republican candidates, compared to 77 Democratic and four Libertarian.
The latest results for candidates filing with the Secretary of State’s Office can be found on the 2024 Candidate Filings website. Local candidates file with the county election office.
Candidate filing closes at 5 p.m. on March 11, 2024.