Jun 18, 2011 8:27 PM by Allyson Weller (KPAX News)
MISSOULA- Dave Strohmaier officially announced the beginning of his campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in Montana on Saturday.
Strohmaier has spent the last six years as a councilman for Missoula and says that his experience makes him a great candidate for Congressman Denny Rehberg's spot.
"Having the experience of knowing what works well for our community, in terms of a positive working relationship with the federal government, is going to be vital. I know intimately what works, what doesn't work, and I want to take that experience back to Washington DC to serve the entire state of Montana."
Rehberg already launched his own campaign to try to win Jon Tester's Senate seat.
Strohmaier says he started considering running for congress last November.
"I'm running because Montana has the opportunity to shine bright across the entire nation as a place of prosperity vision, stewardship, and justice."
Strohmaier has been a big supporter of passenger rail for the past six years and says bringing that service back to Montana will be one of his top priorities.
"I think while serving in Congress, one of my top priorities is to ensure that we have a national transportation bill that's not just a highway bill, but a bill that embraces all modes of transportation."
Strohmaier says this will be a long process and asks for your help.
"It's going to be expensive just putting gas in my car to drive around the state, I need your help, so please join in, I look forward to this adventure."
Democratic State Representative Franke Wilmer and Bozeman Republican Steve Daines have already announced they will also run for Rehberg's seat.