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Mike Cooney

Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a campaign rally in Women's Park in Helena on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
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This week we’re publishing profiles on both the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor. MTPR's Shaylee Ragar brings us this look at Democrat Mike Cooney and his bid for Montana’s executive office.

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).

Mike Cooney is the 2020 Democratic candidate for governor.

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.

Mike Cooney is the 2020 Democratic candidate for governor.

On Tuesday night the candidates for governor Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Mike Cooney faced off in a debate on MontanaPBS. To make sense of what the candidates said, students and professors at the University of Montana school of journalism looked into the major claims and researched the context.
Professor Lee Banville spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney about the highlights.

The Democrat and Republican vying to be Montana’s next governor traded salvos during a debate hosted by MontanaPBS Tuesday night. 

The debate highlighted deep contrasts between Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte on the COVID-19 pandemic, education funding and concealed carry permits in Montana.

Candidates for Montana governor Mike Cooney and Greg Gianforte will debate tonight in-person at the MontanaPBS studios starting at 7 p.m. Watch or listen live here or on MontanaPBS.

Individually, our decisions about where to live and what to do for work shape our lives profoundly. The way Montanans answer those questions collectively, quite literally defines the future of our state. Montana has plenty of selling points. Whether you're a fifth generation resident or a new arrival who's lived here six months. But the limits of our rural economy, like lower wages and fewer jobs in specialized fields, are also downsides. This state of ours is a great place to live. But it can be a hard place to make a living. And of course, if you're a politician looking for votes, that's a natural thing to campaign on.

Learn more now on Share State episode six, "Desiring to Improve The Quality of Life."

Over the last month, more than $2 million has poured into the campaigns of Democrat Mike Cooney and Republican Greg Gianforte in the race for Montana’s governor’s seat.

Democrats charge Republicans with shenanigans over the meeting of a legislative rules committee,  Montana Republican candidates get a boost from Vice-President Pence and new ads in the U.S. Senate race feature veterans.

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