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Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Libertarian Stan Jones of Bozeman said Tuesday he is strongly considering running for governor next year.

"I'm going to do a little more exploring," he said. "Right now, all indications are that I will run. I need to see how much support I can get."

He ran as a Libertarian candidate for governor in 2000, getting 2 percent of the vote, and as the party's standard-bearer for the U.S. Senate in 2002, polling 3 percent, despite spending very little money.

Jones gained national attention as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2002 because his skin had turned blue-gray. Jones began taking colloidal silver, a natural anti-bacterial of silver, in 1999 because he feared the disruptions from Y2K might put the supplement in short supply because of what some feared would be a worldwide disruption of computer systems.

Jones said he hopes he will be able to participate in all televised debates. In the 2002 Senate race, Baucus refused to participate in televised debates unless all four candidates, including the two minor party ones, got to take part.

Born near Bozeman, Jones, 64, graduated from Montana State University and went into the U.S. Air Force, serving in Europe and Vietnam before retiring as a lieutenant colonial. He worked in the shipbuilding industry in Seattle. Jones has owned his own businesses and taught classes for the University of Washington, UCLA and MSU.

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