(HELENA) Montana leaders have selected the state’s new Libertarian candidate for Montana’s sole Congressional seat.

This comes following the death of former candidate Mike Fellows, who was killed in a car crash Monday near Potomac.

57-year-old Rick Breckenridge of Proctor filed paperwork with the Montana Secretary of State’s office Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon the Libertarian Party selected Breckenridge as their candidate to face incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke and democrat Denise Juneau.

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Breckenridge got his start in politics in 2009 when he ran for chair of the Montana Republican Party.

He told MTN News he was a reluctant candidate but heard the call of duty.

“Out of respect for what Mike Fellows has done for the cause of freedom in this state, no one is going to be able to fill those shoes,” Breckenridge said. “He was a great warrior and a persistent defender of liberty.”

Breckenridge expects to be part of the next debate alongside Juneau and Zinke.

A Flathead area surveyor plans to file for the Libertarian candidate position for the U.S. House of Representatives race.

Rick Breckenridge runs a land surveying and mapping business in Kalispell.

Breckenridge will replace Michael Fellows who died in a car accident earlier this week.

The Montana Secretary of States Office said it has not received a formal application from Breckenridge yet and is waiting until Monday to determine how to handle replacing Fellows’s name on the ballot.


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