Among the names already appearing on the state's candidate filing list are Ellie Hill in HD 94, Bryce Bennett in HD 92, Dick Barrett in HD 93, Betsy Hands in HD 99, Carolyn Squires in HD 96, Michele Reinhart in HD 97, Michael Sopuch in HD 98 and, as we learned the other day, Willis Curdy in HD 100. Sopuch is the only Republican, the rest are Dems. On the Senate side, Tom Facey and Teresa K. Henry (both Democrats) will square off in a primary for SD 42.
Not on the lists, so far: Tyler Gernant, a Missoula lawyer who's running against Dennis McDonald in the Democratic primary for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Dean McGovern, who earlier announced a run for HD 92. Tyler's spokesperson Tashi Dondup says he will file in the next few weeks in hopes of maybe getting some of his own publicity. A call to McGovern has yet to be returned.