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Former Montana secretary announces he's exploring a run for president

Former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Corey Stapleton
Former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.

A former Montana Secretary of State has announced he’s exploring a possible run for president, and plans to fundraise while traveling with his new band.

Corey Stapleton, a Republican from Billings, has served as a state senator and ran unsuccessfully for governor and the U.S. House. He released his first country music album earlier this month.

Stapleton tweeted that he’s formed a “testing the waters” committee, a type of federal election committee that does not require an individual to register as a candidate while raising and spending money to explore the feasibility of running for office.

Stapleton says he wants to help solve problems, like what he calls a broken U.S. economy and the country’s debt.

Shaylee covers state government and politics for Montana Public Radio. Please share tips, questions and concerns at 406-539-1677 or  
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