Posted: Aug 14, 2013 11:32 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 14, 2013 11:39 PM
BILLINGS - Dirk Adams has become the first declared Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.
Adams, a 62-year-old rancher from Wilsall, is making his first run at elected office.
Raised in Texas, Adams moved to Montana in 1984 after a long career in finance world.
He currently ranches on the Shields River near Wilsall, and owns the Wilsall General Store.
Adams confirmed his decision with MTN News on Wednesday afternoon and said he plans to have a campaign website up soon.
Baucus, who has served in the U.S. Senate since December 1978, announced in April that he will not be running for reelection in 2014. Before his election to the Senate, he had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In recent weeks several high-profile Democrats have publicly refused to throw their hat in the ring. Among these famous faces are former MT governor Brian Schweitzer, the MT Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, MT State Auditor Monica Lindeen and Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY's List.