Liberian Born Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins Announces 2020 Bid For U.S. Senate
Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced Monday that he is running for election to the U.S. Senate in Montana.
Collins filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission before his public announcement on Helena’s downtown Walking Mall. He is running as a Democrat.
Collins is the first candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a first-term Republican who crossed over to the Senate in 2015 after two years in the U.S. House.
Collins teased Monday’s “special announcement” late last week in a tweet.
“They say it could never be done. A Liberian refugee elected to office in Montana. Let’s prove them wrong again,” Collins wrote in the tweet.
Collins made national headlines when he defeated four-term incumbent Jim Smith in 2017 to become the first black mayor of a Montana city since statehood.
Collins was sworn in as Helena’s mayor in January 2018, and his seat will be up for election again in 2021. He will continue to serve as Helena’s mayor during his campaign for U.S. Senate, campaign manager Trent Bolger said.