HELENA- Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins is teasing an announcement next week, which political experts in Montana are speculating is a likely challenge to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in 2020.
Collins posted a message on his Twitter account Thursday that he’s planning a special announcement at 12:30 p.m. next Monday at Performance Square in the Walking Mall in Helena.
Word on the street: U.S. Senate run for Mr. Collins, taking on Sen. Steve Daines. We’ll find out soon enough, if that’s true. #mtpol #mtnews #mtsen https://twitter.com/CollinsWilmot/status/1126595634750844928 …
Mayor Collins teasing ahead to an announcement Monday. He told press in March he was considering a run for statewide or federal office.
Collins is a Liberian refugee who made national headlines when he was elected as part of a progressive slate in Helena in 2017. He is believed to be Montana’s first black mayor.
Daines, a Republican, is facing re-election for the first time next year. No other Democrats have announced a challenge.
They said it could never be done. A Liberian refugee elected to office in Montana.
— Wilmot Collins (@CollinsWilmot) May 9, 2019