Tester kick-starts re-election bid at Mansfield Metcalf

Nolan Lister

It wasn’t the astronaut who had Montana Democrats over the moon Saturday night at the 45th annual Mansfield Metcalf Dinner in Helena, but the farmer.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced in late February he will run for re-election to a fourth term in 2024, and used the 45th annual fundraising dinner for the Montana Democratic Party held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds to kick-start his latest campaign.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester speaks at the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner, an annual fundraiser for Montana Democrats, on Saturday at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

“I know the people in Washington don’t understand what a hard day’s work looks like; they often don’t understand the challenges that working families are facing,” Tester said to the crowd during his speech. “But that is exactly why I’m running. I am running to keep fighting for you, to keep fighting for Montana values, the state that we all love.”

Tester got a little help from keynote speaker of the evening, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona.

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