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Bozeman Man Joins Democratic Primary For U.S. Senate Seat

Josh Seckingier.
Courtesy Seckinger for Senate

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman fly fishing guide Josh Seckinger on Tuesday announced he is joining the crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination in Montana's U.S. Senate race.

Seckinger said he's running to provide a voice for working-class Montanans. He supports paid family leave, legalizing and taxing marijuana and creating a universal firearms registry. He also supports working toward universal health care, Lee Newspapers of Montana reports.

Seckinger is the fifth Democrat to declare their candidacy. The others are Cora Neumann of Bozeman, who has worked in the public lands and public health fields; Liberian refugee and Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins; John Mues of Loma, a Navy veteran and engineer who works in the energy field; and scientists Mike Knoles of Bozeman.

The five candidates are vying to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in the general election in November.

Seckinger moved to Montana in 2009 and has worked in construction and for an environmental attorney and for the last five years as a fly fishing guide on the Madison, Smith and Yellowstone rivers.

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