The Butte-Silver Bow Democratic Central Committee and The Montana Standard are hosting a public forum of Democratic U.S. House candidates on Tuesday, April 3, at the Montana Tech Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

It is free and open to the public.

A three-person panel will ask questions of the candidates. And, The Standard is seeking questions from the public, too. Email questions to editor@mtstandard.com prior to the forum.

The Democratic candidates are:

• Kim Gillan, a workforce development coordinator at Montana State University in Billings and a state lawmaker;

• Diane Smith, a Whitefish entrepreneur;

• Dave Strohmaier, Missoula city councilman and professional


• Rob Stutz, a Helena attorney;

• Jason Ward, a Hardin contractor;

• Franke Wilmer, a Montana State University political science professor and a Bozeman legislator;

• Sam Rankin, real estate broker, of Billings

According to the Montana Secretary of State website, the Republican candidates are Steve Daines, business executive, of Bozeman, Eric Brosten, engineer, of Helena, and Vincent Melkus, student, of Hardin. David Kaiser of Victor is running as a Libertarian candidate.

All are running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who is challenging Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in this year’s U.S. Senate election.

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