Four republican candidates are vying to unseat incumbent democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester. The debate was held at Elk's Lodge in Billings Tuesday at 7 p.m. The public was invited to meet the four candidates and hear for themselves what each candidate is all about.
We start our GOP candidates with Troy Downing. According to his campaign site, Troy is an eight-year combat search and rescue air force veteran who was deployed two times to Afghanistan where he helped evacuate wounded warriors off the battlefield. Downing also founded a technology company that would later merge with Yahoo!.
Our second candidate is Dr. Albert Olszewski. Olszewski is a 3rd generation Montanan who grew up in Great Falls. Olszewski graduated from medical school and then served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is currently serving as a state senator and said his goal is to fix our country's broken healthcare system.
Matt Rosendale is our next candidate for U.S. Senate. Rosendale currently serves as Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. He owns a family ranch in Glendive. Rosendale said he plans to advocate for civil liberties and a limited federal government.
Last, but not least, our final candidate is former district court judge Russ Fagg. Fagg has handled more than 25 thousand cases in his time as judge. He also served two terms in the Montana legislature and was the house judiciary committee chairman in his time there. Russ Fagg said he is running to put jobs first and Montana always.