Lt. Gov. Cooney expected to launch 2020 campaign next week

HELENA – Montana’s lieutenant governor is expected to launch a campaign for higher office next week.

Mike Cooney, a Democrat, has reportedly set a “special announcement” for Wednesday, July 3, at Butte’s Stodden Park.

Cooney is widely expected to announce that he will run for governor in 2020. He has previously said he is considering a gubernatorial campaign.

Cooney grew up in Butte. He has represented both Butte and Helena in the Montana Legislature, including a term as Senate president in 2007.