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Kathleen Williams

Kathleen Williams is the 2020 Democratic Candidate For U.S. House
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This week we're publishing profiles for the candidates running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. Today, we look at Kathleen Williams, a Democrat taking her second run at this office. MTPR's Shaylee Ragar spent some time on the road with Williams earlier this month.

Montana’s mask mandate was put into effect for the health of everybody in the state, collectively. But those mask protests are all about the rights of solitary citizens. Beneath the surface of this conflict, there are competing ideas about the role of the individual in society as a whole. That tension plays out in Montana politics in all kinds of ways. When we vote for candidates this fall, we’re also casting our ballots for particular ideas about how government should impact peoples’ lives.

This is Shared State episode eight: “To Secure The Blessings Of Liberty.” How do we weigh the individual and the collective when we talk about freedom, choice and rights?

Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Watch: MontanaPBS Vote 2020 Candidate Profiles

Oct 9, 2020

Get to know each of the candidates as part of the MT U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Montana Governor's race including Matt Rosendale (R), Kathleen Williams (D), Steve Daines (R), Steve Bullock (D), Mike Cooney (D), Greg Gianforte (R) and Lyman Bishop (L).

Kathleen Williams is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.
Olga Kreimer / Montana Public Radio

Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Kathleen Williams is the 2020 Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.

Campaign Beat: Mail Voting, Debates And Republicans For Biden

Oct 2, 2020

The Trump campaign attempt to derail all-mail voting in Montana is shut down in court. Montana's U.S. Senate candidate hold a spirited but civil debate. President Trump's widely denounced debate behavior — and his COVID diagnosis — may throw a wrench into down ballot races. AARP wishes candidates would stop using them in their campaign ads. House candidate Kathleen Williams tries to be coy about her pick for president. And former governor and lifelong Republican, Marc Racicot, says Biden is the right pick for president.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Campaign Beat: Health Care, Supreme Court Fights, Dinosaurs And The Munchies

Sep 25, 2020

Montana's House candidates have their first debate. Ads in that race try to paint the other as the "outsider." The battle to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's court seat could impact Montana's Senate race. Health care and science dominate the race for governor. And marijuana returns to the ballot.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

The candidates for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House met in their first debate hosted by MontanaPBS. Some fact checking in the debate was done by students and professors at the University of Montana School of Journalism. Associate Professor Lee Banville helped lead that effort and joins us now to walk through some of the highlights.

Candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat met in a debate Wednesday night hosted by MontanaPBS. MTPR’s Shaylee Ragar reports that in their first match up this election cycle, Matt Rosendale and Kathleen Williams traded barbed words as they pitched themselves as the best person for the job.

Montana's lone U.S. House seat is being vacated at the end of the current term. In November, Montana voters will have to select the candidate to serve as the state's Representative for the next 2-year term. Matt Rosendale (R), the current Montana State Auditor is running for the seat, and is being opposed in the race by former Montana Legislator, Kathleen Williams (D).

Watch here or listen live starting at 7 p.m. September 23, 2020.

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