By Associated Press - Thursday, February 21, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s chief deputy has announced plans to run for Fox’s seat in next year’s election.

Republican Jon Bennion said Thursday that his tenure as chief deputy attorney general has taught him what it takes to effectively run the state Department of Justice.

Bennion, a 40-year-old Billings native, is the second candidate to run for the open seat. Democratic Rep. Kim Dudik of Missoula previously announced her candidacy.

Bennion was government relations director for the Montana Chamber of Commerce and served on the state Districting and Apportionment Commission before joining Fox’s staff in 2013.

Dudik was an assistant attorney general and deputy county attorney in Gallatin County.

Fox is in his second term as attorney general and is running for governor next year.

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