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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 began covering state government and politics for Montana Public Radio in August 2020. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, she graduated from the University of Montana’s journalism program and previously worked as a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and UM’s Legislative News Service. Please share tips, questions and concerns by emailing