Feb 27, 2013 8:49 AM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Missoua's Edmunds to announce Senate bid

MISSOULA - The Republicans are starting to line up for a chance to unseat Senator Max Baucus' expected bid for another term next year, with a Missoula lawmaker becoming the second GOP candidate for the race.

Champ Edmunds, who currently represents the 100th District in the Missoula area, announced Tuesday evening he'll hold a press conference later this week to kick off his campaign for the Senate seat Baucus has held since 1978.

Edmunds is a 10 year Navy veteran who served in the Submarine Corps from 1984 to 1994. After leaving the service Edmunds got his degree from the University of Montana and works most of the year at Wells Fargo bank.

Edmunds was first elected as a lawmaker in 2010, and then won his second term last fall. He serves on House Appropriations Committee.

There has been talk for several weeks that Edmunds might run for the Senate. His press conference with the formal announcement is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Bitterroot Motors.

Edmunds will join fellow Republican Corey Stapleton of Billings, who formally entered the race earlier this month.

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