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Democratic Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis

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With just eleven weeks until the general election the Montana democrats nominated state representative Amanda Curtis as their candidate in the race to take Senator Max Baucus's seat in the U.S. Senate. Curtis is now traveling across the state trying to catch up to frontrunner Steve Daines

Amanda Curtis is relatively unknown in state-wide politics and is going up against noted businessman and congressman Steve Daines.

Curtis says, "Having a millionaire versus a high school math teacher that makes, I don't know $42,000 a year, is a big contrast and those two individuals are going to have different priorities and are going to work to protect different things when they get to Washington D.C."

Curtis doesn't boast a lengthy political resume but it does include serving as a representative from Butte in the Montana legislature. The 34-year-old high school teacher wants you to know she's not only a politician but she is also a wife, a musician and an active outdoors person.

"I play the guitar, my husband plays the banjo. We have gone to lots of different venues and play the old time gospel songs. I snowboard, my husband skies. We rock climb, we mountain bike."

Curtis who lives in Butte graduated from Montana Tech in 2002 with a degree in biology.

"She's a real hard worker. She graduated with honors from our program. What I really like about her is she's really committed to education," said Curtis' old college professor Dr. Amy Kuenzi.

Though she's only had three days to craft her platform she's sticking to her roots in the classroom. Curtis says, "Not raising the taxes on the middle class and making sure that our college students in Montana have access to a quality and affordable education."

And for those of you wondering why this young politician who has spent most of her career in the classroom now wants to become a U.S. Senator. Curtis says, "Who wouldn't want to run against Steve Daines? And that's the number one reason that my friends and co-workers and neighbors and I have been talking for years now about how wrong he is for Montana."

Curtis will be in Billings Monday for a rally in favor of the nondiscrimination ordinance that was voted down last week. She will be attending Crow Day Tuesday for the last event of the Crow Fair at Crow Agency.

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