Democrats replace Van Dyk with McNally on ballot

2014-06-06T12:41:00Z 2014-06-06T22:20:04Z Democrats replace Van Dyk with McNally on ballotBy TOM LUTEY tlutey@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Billings legislator Mary McNally will replace Kendall Van Dyk as the Democratic candidate in Senate District 24.

The replacement, which had been rumored since April when Van Dyk announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, was made official Thursday night by the Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee. Van Dyk and his wife Christine are expecting their first child later this year. The incumbent endorsed McNally for the job when he withdrew.

A business professor at Montana State University-Billings, McNally has served two terms in the state House. Her central Billings House District 47 district comprises half of Senate District 24.

Yellowstone County Democratic Party Chairman and Billings legislator Kelly McCarthy said the central committee will meet again June 10 to select a replacement for McNally in House District 47.

“At least one person has expressed interest and we have called for other interested parties to come forward,” McCarthy said.

Former Billings Head Start director Kathy Kelker is interested in replacing McNally, McCarthy said. Kelker was briefly a candidate in neighboring House District 48 this spring but withdrew.

McNally has endorsed Kelker for the HD 47 post.

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