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Belcourt in, Singer out in Montana House races

One Hill County resident is in the race for the Montana Legislature and one is out.

Rep. Tony Belcourt of Box Elder has filed for re-election with the Montana Secretary of State's office. A Democrat, Belcourt is seeking his third term in Helena representing the sprawling 32nd House District.

But Sarah Singer, who filed last month to run as a Democrat in the 34th District, has withdrawn, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Singer's decision leaves Karen Sloan, a retired nurse, unopposed in the Democratic primary. Unless another candidate emerges in the next 10 days, Sloan will face Republican incumbent Wendy Warburton in the Nov. 6 general election.

Singer was not available for comment on Friday night.

Hill County Democratic Chair John Musgrove said he had not been worried that a primary would divide the party.

He said Singer and Sloan had met and agreed to keep the campaign clean.

The district includes parts of the city of Havre and northern Blaine and Hill counties.

Belcourt was a leading spokesman for the Democratic minority in the House during the last session, arguing against cuts in education and social programs that were proposed by the Republicans.

No one else has filed to run in the district, which includes parts of Hill, Blaine, Phillips and Chouteau counties.

Belcourt was unavailable for comment on Friday night.

Hill County Republican Chair Andrew Brekke said his party is looking for a candidate to challenge Belcourt.

The district is overwhelmingly Democratic. Belcourt easily defeated two challengers in the 2010 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.


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