- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on candidate filings for the 2016 Montana elections (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

A former Democratic state senator from Bozeman will run against Attorney General Tim Fox in November’s general election.

Larry Jent filed his candidacy with the Montana Secretary of State’s Office on Monday, the final day of the filing period.

He said in a statement that people deserve a choice about the direction of the state Department of Justice.

Fox is seeking a second term and has already won an endorsement from the Montana AFL-CIO. He has no other challengers.

Jent is an attorney who served in the state House from 2001 until 2006 and then in the state Senate until 2015.

He also campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2012, but dropped out after then-Attorney General Steve Bullock entered the race.


10:55 a.m.

Both Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican Greg Gianforte have challengers for their parties’ nominations in the June 7 primary elections.

Monday is the final day that candidates can file with the Secretary of State’s Office for the 2016 elections. Among those late filers is Terry Nelson of Hamilton, will run against Gianforte in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Both are running for their first statewide office for the chance to take on Bullock in November.

Nelson says his run for governor is a serious one. He is currently the planning administrator for Ravalli County.

On the Democratic side, former Miles City legislator Bill McChesney filed Friday to run against Bullock.

As of Monday morning, Attorney General Tim Fox was the only statewide officeholder without a general-election opponent.

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