Follow Montana Free Press’ live coverage of the June 2 Montana primary election featuring updates, analysis, results and commentary from reporters Eric Dietrich and Mara Silvers, contributing writer Alex Sakariassen, and MTFP Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams.


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Eric Dietrich

Data Reporter

Providing election results, real-time data analysis, and graphics.

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Mara Silvers

Reporter

Covering the hotly contested gubernatorial and attorney general races.

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John S. Adams

Editor-in-Chief

Monitoring the U.S. Senate primaries and providing insight and analysis on key down-ballot races.

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Alex Sakariassen

Contributor

Tracking the U.S. House races and key legislative contests.


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In Montana, fall means flannels, comfort foods and foliage. The return of the school year marks a more regular schedule, football season, hunting season, and sausage season. You read that right: sausage season.



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Can a 28-year-old from D.C. fix Montana’s mental health system?

Charlie Brereton wants to remake much of Montana’s disjointed health care system for mental healthcare, addiction treatment and developmental disabilities into something functional, even harmonious. With the backing of Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte, a generous state budget surplus and alliances with key lawmakers, Brereton’s plan is playing out in an environment ripe for reform. Supporters…


Lawmakers renew education policy discussions

Lawmakers began exploring where the next wave of public school policy reforms might lead in the 2025 Legislature. But the broader goals so far appear unchanged, including addressing Montana’s teacher shortage and reshaping education to emphasize individual student achievement.

Chester native returns home, revives community’s Hi-Line Harvest Fest

Peyton Cole is back in her hometown of Chester and spearheading the revival of the community’s harvest festival. It had been more than 30 years since a harvest fest happened in Chester, but with Cole’s leadership, the event was resurrected in 2022 and the second annual Hi-Line Harvest Fest takes place Sept. 22-23.

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