Former Secretary of State Brad Johnson wins Republican primary for Public Service Commission seat

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June 3, 2014

New Mexico

By Kristen Mathews

Helena, Montana: The third time was not the charm for public service commissioner candidate John Campbell. Campbell, who ran for the commission in 1994 and 2006, was unsuccessful once again as he came in third to candidate Derek Skees and the winner, former Montana Secretary of State, Brad Johnson. The three candidates ran for Montana's Public Service Commission Seat #5. The incumbent, Bill Gallagher, did not run for reelection due to health issues. Gallagher, elected in 2012, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, 2013. Brad Johnson will face Democratic candidate Galen Hollenbaugh in the general election. Hollenbaugh was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[1][2]

Only two state executive seats are up for election in Montana this year, the second is uncontested through the general election. Travis Kavulla, Public Service Commissioner in seat #1 is running for reelection with no challenges from his party in the primary on June 3rd and no other challengers filed by the last deadline, May 27, 2014.[1]

Public Service Commissioner #1

  • Republican Party Incumbent Travis Kavulla was uncontested in the primary on June 3, 2014.

Public Service Commissioner #5


Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

Montana Public Service Commissioner #5, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Johnson 49.6% 12,475
Derek Skees 34% 8,562
John Campbell 16.4% 4,125
Total Votes 25,162
Election Results Via:Montana Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 91.63 precincts reporting.

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