Libertarian Ron Vandevender of Cascade is challenging incumbent Rep. Becky Beard, R-Elliston, for the House District 80 seat in the Montana Legislature.
Vandevender, who is a former chair of the Montana Libertarian Party, filed as a candidate on Feb. 1. He has worked as a fast food manager, clerk, farm hand, theater employee, small business owner, and an employee of the Mississippi Highway Department Project Office, among other jobs.
Beard, who is currently serving her first term, filed for election on Jan. 11. She founded and is self-employed at Beard Environmental and Technical Assistance, LLC, which assists Montana communities gain public funding for infrastructure projects.
Candidates have until March 12 to file. The primary election is June 5, and the general election is Nov. 6.