Troy Downing enters 2020 state auditor race

HELENA – Big Sky businessman Troy Downing, a Republican who ran for U.S. Senate last year, announced Wednesday that he’s running for state auditor in 2020.

Downing’s announcement echoed many of the themes from his 2018 Senate campaign, calling himself an “outsider” and a businessman who will bring conservative leadership to state government.

We need to bring sound business principles to government and make government operate at the speed of business,” he said in a statement.

Downing is the first person to declare a candidacy for state auditor, which will be an open seat next year. The incumbent, Republican Matt Rosendale, announced last week that he’ll be running for Montana’s open U.S. House seat in 2020.