Bill Coate

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Bill Coate
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Candidate for
Governor of Montana
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
ProfessionMilitary officer
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Bill Coate was an independent candidate for Governor of Montana in the 2012 elections. His running mate was Joni Oja.[1]


Coate is a Montana native, raised in Forsyth. After graduating from Forsyth High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served four years on active duty and returned to Montana to study history at Eastern Montana College. Coate was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps after he graduated from Eastern Montana, and eventually retired from the Corps after earning the rank of Colonel.[2]


  • Forsyth High School (1975)
  • BA, History, Eastern Montana College



See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Coate ran as an independent candidate in the 2012 election for Governor of Montana on a ticket with Joni Oja. They faced Republicans Rick Hill and Jon Sonju, Democrats Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh, and Libertarians Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy in the November 6, 2012 general election.[3]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

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