- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Two candidates have entered the race to replace Montana’s term-limited Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Billings Sen. Elsie Arntzen, a 59-year-old elementary school teacher and six-term state legislator, filed paperwork last week to campaign to become the state’s top education official.

Arntzen ran for Montana’s U.S. House seat in 2014, but took fourth place in the Republican primary.

She joins 38-year-old Melissa Romano-Lehman, who filed paperwork and began fundraising in February. The Helena Democrat is a kindergarten teacher and president of Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Republican Sandy Welch filed and then withdrew her candidacy for the position in 2013. Welch says she won’t be re-entering the race as she expects as many as three Republicans to run.

Democratic Superintendent Denise Juneau’s term ends in January 2017.

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