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Helena mayor teasing expected U S Senate run

HELENA- Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins is teasing an announcement next week, which political experts in Montana are speculating is a likely challenge to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in 2020.

Collins posted a message on his Twitter account Thursday that he’s planning a special announcement at 12:30 p.m. next Monday at Performance Square in the Walking Mall in Helena.

Mike Dennison@mikedennison

Word on the street: U.S. Senate run for Mr. Collins, taking on Sen. Steve Daines. We’ll find out soon enough, if that’s true. https://twitter.com/CollinsWilmot/status/1126595634750844928 

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Jacob Fuhrer KTVH@JacobFuhrer

Mayor Collins teasing ahead to an announcement Monday. He told press in March he was considering a run for statewide or federal office.

Jacob Fuhrer KTVH@JacobFuhrer

Also worth noting the domain name “http://wilmotforsenate.com ” was purchased yesterday. A clue? 🤔 @CollinsWilmot pic.twitter.com/ist5AdYRfh

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Collins is a Liberian refugee who made national headlines when he was elected as part of a progressive slate in Helena in 2017. He is believed to be Montana’s first black mayor.

Daines, a Republican, is facing re-election for the first time next year. No other Democrats have announced a challenge.

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