Mattelin Joins Williams’ Bid For Governor
Culbertson Man Adds Northeast Montana Voice
Montana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams has added northeastern Montana farmer Milo “Buzz” Mattelin as her lieutenant governor running mate. She spoke to reporters at a press conference in the capitol March 2. Mattelin is president of the National Barley Growers Association. He operates a barley, wheat and sugar beet farm west of Culbertson along the Missouri River.
Williams announced her 2020 run for governor as a Democrat Oct. 3. The Missoula businesswoman is the daughter of Pat Williams, who represented Montana in the U.S. Congress for nine terms.
Mattelin, who hails from Roosevelt County, joins the Williams campaign three months before primary voting begins. According to Williams, Mattelin brings a critical voice from eastern Montana.
Said Williams, “Buzz Mattelin has spent his entire career fighting for Montana’s farmers and ranchers.”
“I will take any opportunity to bring agricultural issues, our rural economy and the concerns of folks living in eastern Montana to Helena,” Mattelin told reporters.
Williams is running against current Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in the Democratic primary. Cooney’s running mate is House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner. The winners of the primary race will face one of three Republican challengers: Congressman Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Tim Fox or State Senator Al Olszewski.
March 9 is the filing deadline for the 2020 ballot.