Bowen Greenwood, clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, has become the fourth Republican to enter the race for secretary of state.
Greenwood was elected to a six-year term as clerk of the Montana Supreme Court in 2018. If he wins the secretary of state position, the governor will have the right to name his replacement for clerk until the next election can be held.
Greenwood says he is the best choice to defend election integrity. He says he favors in-person voting in polling places over expanding vote-by-mail.
Greenwood has conservative credentials. Until recently, he was director of communications for the Montana Family Foundation. He has also been executive director of the Montana Republican Party.
The Montana Republican Primary will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020. In the primary, Greenwood will face off against state Senate President Scott Sales, state Rep. Forest Mandeville and Secretary of State Chief of Staff Christi Jacobsen.
Current Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is running for Greg Gianforte’s U.S. House seat. Gianforte is running for governor.
So far, only one Democrat has declared his candidacy for secretary of state: State Sen. Bryce Bennett.