State Sen. Gauthier says he will resign to hit the road


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State Sen. Terry Gauthier said he will be turning in a letter of resignation Monday to the Montana Secretary of State’s office in order to take a 20-country motorcycle tour that begins in March, leaving him unavailable for much of the legislative session.

The Helena Republican said the tour will take about 2-1/2 months.

“It’s a trip I just couldn’t pass up,” he said Saturday.

The 65-year-old Gauthier said finding a successor will be up to the Republican central committees in Lewis and Clark and Powell counties, as Senate District 40 includes both areas. But he said he hopes they select Republican Matt Olson, a Helena businessman who was defeated Nov. 8 in his run for the Senate District 42 seat against Democrat Mary Ann Dunwell.

He called Olson “the ideal candidate,” noting his longtime connection to the community and his hard work campaigning. During his campaign, Olson noted he was the former owner of a Dairy Queen, which he had for 28 years.

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