State Rep. Forrest Mandeville of Columbus is seeking the Republican nomination for secretary of state.
Mandeville said Wednesday he's a strong advocate for secure and accessible elections, ensuring a friendly business climate and responsible development of natural resources.
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Mandeville is in his third term in the state House and is chairman of a committee whose subjects include election law and campaign finance. He'll face off against outgoing Senate President Scott Sales in the Republican primary.
Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, a Republican, is running for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.
State Sen. Bryce Bennett of Missoula is seeking the Democratic nomination.