Big news today out of Montana:
Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced Monday that he is running for election to the U.S. Senate in Montana.
Collins filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission before his public announcement on Helena's downtown Walking Mall. He is the first candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a first-term Republican who crossed over to the Senate in 2015 after two years in the U.S. House.
Collins teased Monday's “special announcement” late last week in a tweet.
He currently works for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and served 14 years as an Army Reservist and eight years with the Navy Reserve.
In the Helena mayoral race Collins, a Democrat, ran on a platform of increasing funding for public safety and addressing homelessness in the Helena community, particularly among veterans.
Collins earned national recognition following his narrow win in 2017. He was among a number of progressive candidates nationwide in traditionally conservative areas. He was also the first black mayor officially elected in Montana.
Very excited about this race. Stay tuned.