John Heenan sets record for first quarter fundraising with nearly a third of a million dollars raised. Woods to join the race on Thursday and Kier posts good 1st Q foray as well.
John Heenan and Grant Kier have been working hard in the first quarter of the Democratic primary for Congress and Bozeman legislator Tom Woods will join the race on Thursday to bring the confirmed total of candidates to three.
John Heenan is fundraising at breakneck speed as shown in his first-quarter fundraising report.
Heenan’s $325,000 fundraising haul has broken the record for most money raised in the first quarter of a Democratic primary besting the previous record set by Denise Juneau in 2016 of $263,800.
Heenan responded to his strong first quarter:
“Montanans and all Americans deserve better from their government, especially Washington, D.C. I’m running for Congress to fight for all Montana families, against the wealthy elites like Greg Gianforte who votes to cut taxes for himself and to kick Montanans off their healthcare plans,” Heenan said. “I will be a powerful, proactive and persuasive voice and vote for all Montana families, not a shill for lobbyists.”
As reported by Mike Dennison of MTN News. Kier responded to his good first quarter:
“I think people know that I’m in this race because I believe in Montanans’ ability to come together and solve problems, and they’re demonstrating that they believe in me and my message on that front.”
Tom Woods is a legislator from Bozeman who brings strong bona fides in Democratic circles as a hard-working, no-nonsense lawmaker. I look forward to his campaign announcement this Thursday.
As to who may enter the race in the coming weeks here is the scoop:
- Kelly McCarthy told me he is not running in 2018.
- Dan West is not running in 2018, but he is a name to remember in the future.
- Lynda Moss, former State Senator, has been floated out there, but I have heard no definite decision yet.
- Katie Mazurek, a Bozeman attorney, told me she would not be running, though she is a name that Montanans would be lucky to have run in the future.
As a Montanan I’m thrilled to see so many strong candidates looking to challenge Greg Gianforte for Congress.
As a pragmatic realist I am even more excited to see the candidates generating a buzz and working hard at the tedious struggle of fundraising.
As an American I am optimistic that 2018 will be the year that we beat back the tide of those who shame our great state and nation like Donald Trump and Greg Gianforte.
A previous version of this piece stated that Melanie Brock was working with Grant Kier. She called and stated that she is not working with him.