Smith formally announces run for U.S. Congress

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Whitefish businesswoman Diane Smith, a Democrat, announced today she's filed paperwork to run for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith had reportedly been considering a run since at least July.

In a release, Smith touts her business background. She co-founded a "hi-tech digital video company" called Avail-TVN in Kalispell, is a guest lecturer in entrepreneurship at the University of Montana, serves on the Whitefish City-County Planning Board, and is a founding member of the Flathead 911 Foundation. She's also the author of a recently published book titled TheNewRural.com. Smith moved to Montana in 2002.

“Montana needs Congress to focus on creating jobs, and that is what I have spent my life doing,” she says in the release. “Like a lot of parents, my husband and I are concerned about what kind of future our 17 year-old daughter will face. As I travel around our state, I am awed by the spirit and entrepreneurship of Montana’s people. But over the past several years, policies in D.C. have become impediments to our innovation and prosperity, and our elected leaders are either unable or unwilling to stop the political games and focus on results.

“Washington needs to remember that growth and prosperity come from the small business people who create most of the nation’s new jobs, and invest themselves, their vision, and often their life savings into their companies."

Smith joins a competitive Democratic primary. Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier, state Rep. Franke Wilmer of Bozeman, state Sen. Kim Gillan of Billings, and attorney Rob Stutz are all in the race. Steve Daines is expected to win the Republican primary.

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