New Senate District 38 draws two GOP candidates; Harvey running for Butte seat

Butte firefighter Derek Harvey hopes to keep a Montana Senate district in Democrat hands next year by succeeding Ryan Lynch, though it will include more of Silver Bow County to the south.

“There are some folks in Silver Bow County who live out in the Waterloo area, so I am excited for the new challenge and excited to meet with those folks,” said Harvey, who has served three terms in the Montana House.


But following horse trading that took place during redistricting, Senate District 38 that Butte Democrats Jim Keane and Edie McClafferty represented for a decade is essentially gone.

Its Jefferson County portions are now part of a new Senate District 38, which also takes in Granite County, adds it to Powell County, includes a sliver of Lewis and Clark County but doesn’t have any part of Butte. The result is a sprawling district that favors Republicans based on past voting trends and results.

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