Candidate filing opens, kicking off 2024 election

Filing opened Thursday for those who want their name to appear on the ballot for the multitude of offices up for election this year in Montana.

More than 100 candidates signed up on opening day. The filing period runs through March 11.

In 2024 Montana will host one of the most closely-watched races in the country — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s reelection bid. Republicans eager to take back the Senate have eyes on flipping the seat in an increasingly red state. After the 2020 elections Tester was the lone statewide Democrat left standing.

Rep. Mary Caferro, a Democrat, files for candidacy in House District 81 with Austin James of the Montana Secretary of State’s Office on Jan. 11 in the Montana State Capitol. Caferro, a Helena-area legislator, has served in both chambers of the Montana Legislature since 2005 and says this will be her last candidacy for the lawmaking body.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Tim Sheehy, the Bozeman CEO of an aerial firefighting company, was hand-picked by the GOP to run against Tester, though he could face a challenge from Republican

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