A retired Havre educator has filed as a Democrat to challenge a first-term Republican’s bid for re-election to the state House of Representatives.
Brenda Skornogoski, a retired business professor at Montana State University-Northern, filed today for the race in House District 33 in Hill County.
Incumbent Republican Kris Hansen, who won her first term in the 2009 election, had been unopposed prior to Skornogoski’s filing.
Skornogoski lost a race for city council in 2009 against incumbent Bob Kaftan.
Democrats have targeted the races in traditionally blue Hill County to take back the seats held by Hansen and Rep. Wendy Warburton, who is running for re-election to her third term in House District 34 in northern Hill and Blaine counties, while the Republicans have been pushing to extend the success they lately have seen in the region.
Former nurse and Hill County Family Planning Director Karen Sloan has filed as a Democrat in HD 34.
Democrat Sarah Singer had filed in that race, but later withdrew her candidacy.
Filing as a candidate in the races closes Monday.