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Gianforte Campaigns On Job Creation In Helena

Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman in 2016
Eric Whitney

A day after officially joining the race for the governor’s office, Greg Gianforte continued a two-day campaign swing through the state. Today he drew a crowd at Helena Sand and Gravel.

Politicians, supporters and a school bus full of Helena Christian School students came to hear Gianforte. The Republican candidate for governor said the jobs he created as a business owner in Bozeman reflect his plan to create more jobs throughout the state.

"And I want to be real clear, especially to you young people, these jobs were created through hard work and innovation, not government programs or handouts."

Some Helena Christian School students waved orange and blue Gianforte banners in the air and cheered during the speech.

The school principal expressed his support for Gianforte and said the event was an opportunity for the kids to see democracy in action, but the school was not endorsing the candidate.

Also in the crowd was the head of the Helena Big Sky Tea Party, Ed Argenbright.

"Greg Gianforte is a doer. He is a businessman and I find it really easy to support him.”

Gianforte is expected to be incumbent democratic Steve Bullock's main challenger in the gubernatorial race this fall.

Shortly before the Gianforte event, Democratic Executive Director Nancy Keenan spoke at her party’s state headquarters.

“So, Montana’s economy is creating jobs, our budget is balanced and we have money set for a rainy day.  So, why is Gianforte running? He does not share the values of hard working Montanans, he does not share the values of hardworking families in Helena or across the state.”

Gianforte wraps up his campaign announcement tour in Bozeman today.

Corin Cates-Carney is the news director at Montana Public Radio. He joined MTPR in 2015 and is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism.
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