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Graybill Will Remain On The Ballot, Political Practices Commissioner Rules

Raph Graybill is the 2020 Democratic candidate for attorney general.

Montana Democraic Attorney General Candidate Raph Graybill will stay on the 2020 ballot following an attempt to remove him by a fellow member of the Democratic Party who alleged Graybill wasn't qualifed to run for the office.  The state’s political practices enforcer handed down the ruling Friday.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan wrote in his decision that Graybill meets the state Constitutional requirements to run for the office of Attorney General.

Graybill is chief legal counsel for Gov. Steve Bullock. His eligibility for the ballot was called into question earlier this month by David Wanzenried, a Montana State University Billings political science instructor and former state legislator.

Wanzenried is a fundraiser for Kimberly Dudik, a Democratic state Representative from Missoula, who is also running for Attorney General.

Wanzenried told Montana Public Radio he didn’t talk to Dudik about the complaint questioning Graybill’s qualifications to run for the office before filing it.

Candidates have until March 9 to file to run for public office in 2020. The primary election is June 2.

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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