By AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Al Olszewski announced his candidacy for governor of Montana in 2020, joining a field that includes two statewide elected officials.
The 56-year-old orthopedic surgeon from Kalispell said Wednesday he was running to improve the relationship between the governor's office and the Legislature, to make health care more affordable and to improve access to public lands.
Attorney General Tim Fox and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton have also announced they are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.
Olszewski was elected to the state House in 2014 and is serving his second term in the Senate. He ran in for the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 2018, finishing fourth in a four-way race.