Montana Democratic candidates talk issues, voice ideas

The Havre Daily News

July 30, 2019

Several state candidates spoke Saturday at Pepin Park discussing their campaigns for the upcoming election in 2020.

The event was in honor of working Montana families and was held by the Hill County Democratic Party and the Big Sky Democrats. Nine candidates from six different races spoke at the event, and focused on issues that face Montana.

Candidates for Governor, Senate and Congress were profiled in Monday's edition of the Havre Daily News.

Since Attorney General Tim Fox announced his campaign for the governor's office in January, a number of candidates have already announced their campaigns for the vacancy.

Republican Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion and former Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, R-Kalispell, in addition to Democrats state Rep. Kim Dudik, D-Missoula, and the governor's office chief legal council Raph Graybill have all announced their candidacy.

"Wouldn't it be great to have a democrat back in the attorney general's office to fight for our rights?" attorney general candidate Kimberly Dudik said.

Dudik, of Frenchtown, earned her nursing degree from Montana State University and her law degree from the University of Montana. She said she has dedicated her career to helping people, which is why she decided to go to law school.

Over her 16-year career, she has worked as deputy county attorney, assistant attorney general, substitute judge, registered nurse and a domestic violence advocate at The World Young Women's Christian Association. She began her legislature career eight years ago which is where she learned about human trafficking, which she called "modern day slavery."

Dudik, a mother of four, said she has worked in child protection and has seen too many kids killed at the hands of their parents.