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Bowen Greenwood Enters Race For Montana Secretary Of State

Secretary of State Office at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus
Montana Public Radio
Montana Secretary of State Office

A fourth Republican is entering Montana’s primary race for Secretary of State.

Bowen Greenwood, current clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, announced Tuesday he’s joining the 2020 race for the job of top election official.

Greenwood has worked in conservative politics in Montana for several decades. He’s a recent communications director of the Montana Family Foundation, a non-profit advocating for marriage between “one man and one women,” and “pro-family public policy”, and executive director of the Montana Republican Party.

Greenwood was the spokesperson for then Secretary of State Brad Johnson from 2006-2009.

Greenwood was elected to a 6-year term as clerk of the state Supreme Court in 2018. If he wins a new office, the governor would appoint his replacement until the next general election.

Current Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is running for Congress. The four-way GOP primary race to fill the office also includes state Senate President Scott Sales, state Representative Forest Mandeville and Christi Jacobsen, the current Secretary of State's Chief of Staff.

State Senator Bryce Bennett is the only Democrat in the race.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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