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Rosendale files for House race, joins crowded field of candidates

One of the leading Republicans running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat officially filed his candidacy on Monday.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale filed with the Secretary of State’s office online from his home. He is one of a crowded field of candidates for the open seat.

He said he wants to focus on issues like health care costs and veterans’ affairs.

Rosendale was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in and has again received support from President Trump. He said he believes his record of accomplishments in the auditor’s office will set him apart from the other Republican candidates this year.

“While the federal government has racked up a 23-trillion dollar debt, I’ve reduced my operating expenses by 23%,” he said. “These are the same kinds of things that I want to go to the United States Congress and make sure that we put them back to work, and I am proud to be representing the people of Montana to do so.”

Rosendale is the fourth Republican House candidate to officially file for the ballot along with rancher Joe Dooling, former party chair Debra Lamm, and John Evankovich of Butte.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and Corvallis schools superintendent Tim Johnson have also announced campaigns.