Letter from State Party Chairman, Jim Larson on Special Nominating Convention


A letter to Montana Democrats from State Party Chairman, Jim Larson:

Friend - 

This afternoon U.S. Senator John Walsh declared he would withdraw his candidacy from the 2014 United States Senate race.

Senator Walsh's life has been and continues to be service to our nation and all Montanans.  From 33 years in the National Guard, to serving as Lt. Governor, to his time in the U.S. Senate, John Walsh has sacrificed significantly for our country and is to be commended. 

Senator John Walsh will continue to serve as our United States Senator for the remainder of his term, and we are excited to continue working with him to tackle the issues important to Montana.

The Montana Democratic Party has to implement the process to select the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The State Central Committee, as defined in the Montana Democratic Party Rules, will nominate and select a candidate to be chosen at a special nominating convention to address the vacancy.

We are in the process of solidifying a time, location and date for the special nominating convention. We will notify you as soon as these details are set.

All of the folks on State Central Committee’s will serve as voting delegates and, for all intents and purposes, are our search and nominating committee. The State Central Committee consists of the following voting members:

  • One chair and one vice chair from each existing county central committee or, in their absence, the state central committee alternates
  • One state committeeman and one state committeewoman from each county central committee;
  • All voting members of the State Party Executive Board;
  • The president (or, if absent, the vice president) of each chartered organization of the Montana Democratic Party;
  • Democrats currently holding the positions of Lieutenant Governor, Clerk of the Supreme Court or Public Service Commissioner.

If you'd like to know who serves as your county central committee leadership in order to weigh in, please e-mail This e-mail will serve as a portal to hear feedback regarding this process and suggestions as to how the Montana Democratic Party can continue to be open, transparent and attentive to the priorities of Democrats across the state.

As we move forward in this race, we must remember this election is not about one person; it’s about Montana. This election is about ensuring our public lands aren’t sold off to the highest bidder, women are free to make their own health care decisions, every Montanan has the opportunity to succeed, and our kids and grandkids are not denied quality education.

In solidarity,

Jim Larson, Chair
Montana Democratic Party

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