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Jan 25, 2014 8:08 PM by David Jay - Q2 News

State Senator from Billings enters U.S. House race

BILLINGS - Another Republican enters the race to replace Congressman Steve Daines, who is expected to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Max Baucus.

"I will stand up to (President) Obama as that school yard bully he is to Montana's economy," State Sen. Elsie Arntzen, a Republican from Billings, told a group of supporters.

Arntzen says repealing Obamacare, cutting spending and improving education are her priorities.

She began her run for Congress at Burlington Elementary School, where she teaches the fifth grade.

She has taught in the public schools for 21 years, was a state representative for eight years and is in her first term as a state senator.

She says what she calls the "President's liberal, job-killing policies" threaten the country's future.

"I think we need to be principled and we need to stand up to that," Arntzen said. "The whole word is about being a bully and of course in a school setting that's not tolerated. Well we are not going to have somebody from Washington, D.C. Come into Montana and change things. We are not going to accept that bully-like attitude."

Arntzen will face former State Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings, current State Senator Matt Rosendale of Glendive and another former state senator, Ryan Zinke of Whitefish in the Republican primary.

Democrat John Lewis has filed as a candicate with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). As of Friday, the Montana Secretary of State website showed that no Democrats have filed yet to run for the Congress.

Zinke also is listed only on the FEC website. Arntzen is not listed with the FEC or the Secretary of State.

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