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By Alex Ross 

Senate candidates leave Havre amid child custody issues


February 2, 2018

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James Dean

James and Sarah Dean, the married couple who moved to Havre in August and launched campaigns on opposing party tickets for the same U.S. Senate seat, are moving out of Havre, amid a child custody battle.

James Dean said today the couple is leaving, a day after a U-Haul truck was spotted parked outside their house. He said he could not reveal where they would relocate to ensure a safe location for his children of whom he is trying to gain custody.

He said he and his wife would continue their respective Senate campaigns.

"We have a tremendous amount of value to add. I have a tremendous amount of work and skill to provide to the American people and I have to communicate that, so we can help millions of people have better lives," he said.

The move comes amidst an update on his divorce of 2009, with District Judge Dan Boucher setting a March 5 hearing on a motion by Dean's ex-wife, Rachel Dean, to hold him in contempt for failing to make child support payments in November and December.

Rachel Dean's attorney, Brian Lilletvedt, said this morning that James Dean paid the November and December amounts, and if he follows through with his plan to pay January and February within the next week or two, they will will not proceed with the contempt charge.

James Dean, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who left the service with a medical discharge, a former Judge Advocate General Corps lawyer and a financial advisor-turned business advisor, is a Republican candidate competing in June's primary looking to challenge Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in November's general election.

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Sarah Dean

The other Republicans in the primary are state auditor Matthew Rosendale of Glendive, retired Yellowstone District Judge Russ Fagg of Billings, state Sen. Al Olszewski. R-Kalispell, and businessmen Troy Downing of Bozeman and Ron Murray of Belgrade. Only Olszewski and Downing have filed.

Sarah Dean, a fashion designer and the owner of the woman's clothing store Sarah's Closet in the Atrium Mall, is running to challenge Tester in June's Democratic primary.

The Deans made headlines not only for being a married couple looking to run against each other in the general election, but also for the lack of details offered and contrary information found about both their personal lives and for not providing specifics about their policy platform.


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