Austin Knudsen brought his campaign for Montana attorney general to Havre Thursday, touting his conservative values and his determination to fight drug abuse, especially methamphetamine.
Knudsen, a Republican from Culbertson, served four terms in the Montana House, two as Speaker, then returned home to hang up his shingle and practice law.
He said the people of Roosevelt County, afraid of the massive influx of drugs and crime into their area, urged him to challenge the lethargic county attorney who had become less than vigorous with prosecuting drug dealers. So he challenged the incumbent and won.
Now, Knudsen is running for attorney general and campaigning on the belief that some of the anti-drug measures he introduced in his rural northeastern Montana county can be effective statewide.