Montana Politics

Feb 15, 2011 12:25 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)

State Senator Jent of Bozeman considering higher office

Montana State Senator Larry Jent (D-Bozeman) says he is actively pursuing candidacy for a statewide office.

"If I were to run for office it would probably be for Governor," Jent said.

He confirms he is not running for U.S. Congress.

He says the actions of the Republican-led legislative branch are the reasons for considering another campaign; Jent says Republicans got overwhelming power in the 2010 election cycle and then went "plum crazy."

He says Montanans are looking for principled leadership, and that he has been seeing "frivolity and crazy bills" during this legislative session.

Jent says he has not yet filed paperwork with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, or started raising money. He says with the nature of campaigns he plans on making a decision before the end of the 2011 legislative session.

Jent, a West Point graduate and Green Beret, is an attorney in Bozeman; he served three terms in the MT House, and is currently serving his second term in the Senate. Jent was also a candidate in 1996 for U.S. Congress.

Declared contenders for the Governor's job in 2012 include Republicans Rick Hill, Neil Livingstone, Ken Miller, and Corey Stapleton; on the Democrat side, David Wanzenried has announced his candidacy.

Also in the race is Ronald James Lassle of Helena, who stated "no party" on his filing paperwork.

Incumbent governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, can not run in 2012 due to term limits.