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Helena mayor teases ‘special announcement’; speculation hovers around Daines challenge

Posted: 6:31 AM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 08:31:52-04

HELENA- Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins is teasing an announcement next week, which political experts in Montana are speculating is a likely challenge to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in 2020.

Collins posted a message on his Twitter account Thursday that he’s planning a special announcement at 12:30 p.m. next Monday at Performance Square in the Walking Mall in Helena.

Collins is a Liberian refugee who made national headlines when he was elected as part of a progressive slate in Helena in 2017. He is believed to be Montana’s first black mayor.

Daines, a Republican, is facing re-election for the first time next year. No other Democrats have announced a challenge.