Dem Bishop ends his congressional campaign

HELENA – Democratic State Representative Laurie Bishop of Livingston, one of the first female candidates to announce her candidacy for one of Montana’s new congressional seats in 2022, said on Wednesday she was withdrawing from the race.

Bishop said that after evaluating the new district maps, which were finalized last week, she instead decided to run for state legislature again next year in her district of Livingston.

“Today, our communities need leaders who know how to listen and work with others, regardless of their political affiliation, to get results,” she said. “I believe the best way for me to continue serving my fellow Montanians is to continue leading the Democratic Party at the state level.”

When Bishop entered the race in July, she indicated she would run in the open congressional district in the western state.

But last week, the state’s District and Allocation Commission ruled on the boundaries that placed Livingston in the Eastern District, where incumbent U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale will run for reelection in a very Republican-leaning district.

In Montana, congressional candidates only need to be state residents and do not have to live in the district in which they live.

However, as of 2022, Montana has two districts instead of one statewide district, which it had in the past 30 years – and in the years before 1992 when the state had two congressional districts, candidates usually ran in the districts where they lived. .

Bishop’s departure leaves three Democrats still vying for the new Western District: Bozeman health policy expert Cora Neumann, Missoula lawyer Monica Tranel and former state representative Tom Winter of Missoula.

Two Republicans are also vying for the seat: former State Senator Al Olszewski from Kalispell and former US Representative and former US Home Secretary Ryan Zinke.

In the Eastern District, where Rosendale is expected to run for office, Democrat Jack Ballard of Red Lodge is challenging him.

Bishop, 51, is a three-term state legislator. She was the director of the Montana Afterschool Alliance, which helps coordinate and create after-school programs across the state.

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