By James Walling
The Courier 

Gianforte Declares Gubernatorial Run


Courtesy Of Greg For Montana

As of Jan. 20, Bozeman businessman and high tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte is officially running for Governor of Montana. Gianforte spoke in Billings, before kicking off a 2-day statewide tour announcing his decision. He first filed exploratory paperwork last August. In his most recent fundraising report, Gianforte outraised the incumbent governor by more than 40 percent.

Gianforte is no stranger in Glasgow. In June of 2015, Greg and his wife Susan gave a talk to members of the press and area business and civic organizations as part of their "Bring Our Families Back" tour aimed at creating jobs with competitive salaries for area youth. The event was held at the Cottonwood.

In October, Aaron Flint, host of the "Voices of Montana" radio show, put his career as a broadcaster on hold to join the Gianforte campaign as Communications Director.

While announcing his candidacy, Gianforte told supporters, "Like other Montana parents - I'd love to have my kids around the dinner table on Sunday afternoon. And I want to go to my grandkids ballgames and recitals. Unfortunately Montana ranks 49th nationally in wages. And too many kids are leaving to find work elsewhere. I want all Montanans to have opportunities for higher wage jobs. To be able to live and thrive in our great state."

Gianforte's main Republican primary opponent is Brad Johnson, a Public Service Commission chairman and former Montana secretary of state.


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