Jun 21, 2011 1:11 PM by Marnee Banks (KXLH Helena)

Kim Gillan enters Democratic race for US House

HELENA- The race for Montana's lone U.S. House seat is heating up. Democratic State Senator Kim Gillan of Billings announced on Tuesday that she is running for Congress.

She joins the race against two other Democrats: State Representative Franke Wilmer of Bozeman, and Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier, who just announced his candidacy over the weekend.

Bozeman resident Steve Daines is the only Republican candidate at this time.

Gillan has worked as a Montana legislator for 14 years, serving four terms in the House and two terms in the Senate.

She says key issues for her this campaign cycle will be advocating for small businesses, and moving Montana's economy forward.

"I've stood up for Montana families even when things were tough I was always there to be their advocate. And I will take that same 'can do' attitude when I go to the House of Representatives in Washington DC," Gillan commented.

If Gillan is elected she will be Montana's first Congresswoman since Missoula's Jeannette Rankin

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