2 Democrats vie for Senate candidate nomination
BUTTE, Mont. - At least two candidates will be throwing their hats into the ring to be Montana's next senator. Math teacher and state Rep. Amanda Curtis is one. She said she's humbled and honored to be in the running. "I bring a fresh, young, female face to this race, which is in start contrast to other nominees," said Curtis. The other candidate is a rancher from Wilsall, Dirk Adams. He ran against John Walsh in the primary election for this position in June. Now he has another opportunity, and says if he's nominated, he's ready to go. "My campaign structure is in place; I have a website; all my policy positions have been developed and enhanced and defined. And I'm ready to go Saturday afternoon," said Adams. This Saturday, 160 Democratic delegates will start the process to choose. Delegates will get a chance to speak about the candidate they think is the best fit. "I think there's going to be a lot of good nomination speeches for both candidates and I'm expecting a lot of vigorous debate and then a vote or two," said Adams. If selected, Curtis plans to travel Montana in a motor home with her husband and pets, to talk about issues important to Montanans. "I've been really fortunate to have, truly, a grassroots group of individuals from all walks of life circle up around me, and say 'This is what I'm good at, and this is what I can offer you,'" said Curtis. Adams has a similar plan. "I'm going to be talking to them about jobs," said Adams. "I also want to talk about the importance of the environment to Montana's economy and how very important high-speed fiber-optic cable is to the future of Montana." Both candidates say they're ready to challenge Daines. "He's so very wrong for Montana. He's wrong on the issues; he's taken wrong votes; he doesn't know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck. He's out of touch and I'm pretty excited that I might have the opportunity to share my views on that," said Curtis. Former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger, who switched to the Democratic Party to run for the Senate in the primary election, has said he would consider replacing Walsh under certain conditions.