Kathleen Williams announces run for US House

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 00:13:12-04

BILLINGS – Just six months after her loss to Rep. Greg Gianforte for Montana’s lone US House seat in November, Democrat Kathleen Williams Friday in Billings announced she will run again for that seat in 2020.

The former Bozeman legislator made the announcement to a crowd of supporters at the Yellowstone County Courthouse.

Williams took a surprise primary win in 2018, beating two other Democrats who both raised more money. Williams took just over 46% in the 2018 race.

Friday’s announcement could set up a possible rematch, but Gianforte has not announced his plans and is rumored to be mulling a run at the open governor’s seat next year.

Williams was introduced by a sportsman and labor leader, a healthcare professional, and a high school student that shared with a crowd of nearly 250 why they were supporting her campaign.

“When people put their faith in you, help you build a movement bigger than yourself, when they look you in the eye and tell you they believe in you— you don’t give up. You double down…” said Williams. “That’s why today, I am proud to announce that I am running again to be your lone representative in the United States Congress!”

On Sunday, Williams will begin a statewide, 11-stop, 7-day Road Forward Tour to hear from Montanans what issues are most important to them. A schedule of Williams’ tour is available online.