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Billings School District Superintendent Terry Bouck has registered to run for the Montana Legislature.

Bouck, who is retiring in June, is seeking to replace fellow Democrat Rep. Kelly McCarthy in central Billings House District 49. McCarthy, long rumored to be moving to Australia, recently withdrew his candidacy.

“I’ve been thinking about it for probably nine months,” Bouck said. “We kind of decided we wanted to stay in Billings. “I’ve worked closely on three legislative sessions and I’ve enjoyed it and wanted to continue my involvement.”

Democrat Emma Kerr-Carpenter has also registered her candidacy in HD 49.

Kerr-Carpenter identifies herself as a mental health care professional. She decided to run for office after watching the 2017 Legislature cut the mental health care funding on which Kerr-Carpenter’s clients depend.

Bouck announced his retirement plans last September after working for the school district since 2012. He often waded into legislative issues, particularly in support of career and technical education. He pushed for increased funding.

McCarthy’s spouse, Glenda, accepted a job in Australia in 2017. McCarthy announced his departure to Billings on Facebook over the weekend.


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