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By Tim Leeds 

Greg Jergeson announces he will run for state Senate


Havre Daily News/Tim Leeds

Greg Jergeson of Chinook, who announced Friday at the Democratic Pasma-Peck Dinner that he will run for the state Senate, pays tribute to former Havre Rep. Ray Peck, who died in May at 84, while Montana attorney general candidate Pam Bucy, left to right, U.S. representative candidate Dave Strohmaier, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, state attorney general candidate Jesse Laslovich and Hill County Democratic Party Chair John Musgrove listen.

A longtime Hi-Line public official, sidelined twice by term limits, announced Friday he wants to get back into lawmaking.

Former state Sen. and Public Service Commission Chair Greg Jergeson of Chinook said during the Hill County Democrat's annual fundraising dinner that he will file paperwork today with the state commissioner of political practices with the intent of running for the Senate in 2012. The announcement drew cheers and applause from the audience.

"I don't know whether this is an assessment of the nature of this last (legislative) session of the Legislature or an evaluation of the skills that maybe I developed over the years, or the energy I still have and the lack of suitability for me to be retired and sitting on my rear end, " Jergeson said.

Who he will be facing is unknown. The seat, in Senate District 17 in northern Hill and Blaine counties, is empty with the resignation of Sen. Rowlie Hutton, R-Havre, in July.

The Hill and Blaine county commissions are scheduled to interview the candidates for Hutton's seat Tuesday at 7 p. m. at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room.

The candidates are insurance agent Don Richman of Harlem, Craig Tilleman of Tilleman Motor Co. in Havre and retired state employee Les Bender of Havre.

Hutton, elected last year, resigned his seat to move to Nebraska. With his resignation, the seat will be up for grabs in 2012.

Jergeson has a long history as a lawmaker in Montana. He was first elected to the Senate in 1974, and held office until he lost a bid for re-election in 1980.

He was elected to the office again in 1986 and held the seat through 2002, when he was prohibited from running again due to state term limit laws.

He ran that year for the Public Service Commission, and took office in 2003 after he won the election and was re-elected in 2006. He chaired that commission until he could not run again last year, again due to term limits.

State law prohibits people from running for state office if they have served in eight of the previous 16 years.

As it has been 10 years since he served as senator, Jergeson can run again.


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