Race For U.S. House In MT Could Be Worth Watching

By Montana Street Fighter, on July 22, 2013 | 6 Comments

Marnee Banks turned our attention to the U.S. House race over the weekend.  “If freshmen U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) decides to run for the U.S. Senate and wins, it leaves his seat in the House wide open.  There are many names being tossed out in Democratic circles as to who might run,” reports Banks.

Among those names are John Lewis, Kim Gillan, Amanda Curtis, and Franke Wilmer.  Denise Juneau has also indicated that she is open to a run if she decides not to run for the U.S. Senate.  However, a Juneau candidacy would mean losing a powerful progressive leader at OPI.

John Lewis for Montana

The DCCC appears to be hoping Lewis gets in the race.

John Lewis recently met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s leadership and everything seems to indicate that national Democrats would quickly back his candidacy.  Lewis is a lifelong Montanan and a highly experienced and well-connected political veteran.  Lewis currently serves as a senior aid to Senator Max Baucus.  Many political observers speculate that Lewis would be able to tap into massive political and fundraising networks within Montana and around the country – something a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House hasn’t had since Nancy Keenan ran in 2000.  “He would have a ready-made campaign apparatus on Day One,” says one Democratic Political Operative.

Kim Gillan was the Democratic nominee in 2012.  Despite winning a crowded primary, Gillan lost to Congressman Daines by 10 points.  Gillan’s candidacy serves as a cautionary tale: a crowded primary helps no one (the Republican candidates for Governor in 2012 would tell you the same thing).  Hopefully Democrats can avoid the same mistake this time around.  Franke Wilmer was also a victim of the 2012 Democratic primary.  She came in second behind Gillan with

A crowded primary may be part to blame for Gillan’s lose to Daines last year.

most of her support coming from Gallatin County.

Amanda Curtis is another very promising choice for the House.  A favorite of this blog, Amanda Curtis (D-Butte) is a strong progressive dedicated to the working people of Montana.  After just one term, she has already made an impressive name for herself and appears to have a very bright future in front of her.  However, sources close to this blog (and Curtis) have informed us that at this time Curtis is leaning towards “no.”

Marnee Banks reports that Champ Edmunds, Jon Sonju, Matt Rosendale, Scott Reichner, and Ryan Zinke are the most likely candidates on the Republican side.

Montana’s U.S. House seat is often forgotten.  We’re glad to see Banks shining a light on the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.



  1. Can somebody please point out Amanda Curtis’ legislative accomplishments. When I look her up online it appears that she did not pass a single piece of legislation and did not get any interim committees. From what I can tell she did not have any influence on Democrats or Republicans throughout the session. Every other Butte legislator has major legislative accomplishments they can hang their hat on, yet we only hear about Curtis. She must be sending out daily press releases on her every move.

  2. You’re not really from Butte

  3. I am, why do you ask?

  4. I don’t know Lewis. To be honest, I’ve never heard of him. But, I had never heard of Brian or Jon before they ran and they turned out alright, so… why not? I doubt Amanda will get in. Love her though.

  5. The endless self promotion of Amanda Curtis by Amanda Curtis is sickening. She accomplished nothing in the legislature during her first session except filming home videos. With redistricting Ms. Curtis is going to have a hard time getting reelected in Butte. I would not be so confident she is even headed back to Helena. If you are looking for legislators: names like Carol Williams, Jon Sesso, Kendall Van Dyk, Ellie Hill, Pat Noonan. They have the chops. This bandwagon is a joke.

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