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Montana state Rep. Tom Winter announces run for US House

April 2, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Tom Winter of Missoula says he’s running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat in 2020.

The 32-year-old first-term legislator, who owns a business that provides in-home health care, is seeking the seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

Winter is the first Democrat to announce plans to run for the seat held by Republicans since 1997.

Winter said Tuesday he wants to improve access to health care while reducing costs and protecting coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

Winter says he has a preexisting condition, which he did not disclose, and that his sister has a life-threatening chronic health condition.

He says when he was campaigning for his state House seat he heard numerous concerns about access to health care and its sometimes overwhelming costs.

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