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WHITEFISH — Democrat attorney Jared Pettinato says he's running for Montana's at-large U.S. House seat as the field seeking to challenge Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte continues to grow.

Pettinato told The Associated Press Tuesday he wants to boost Montana's economy by expanding its wind energy capacity. He also wants to allow more logging in areas where the forest has become too dense, to cut down on wildfires and add timber jobs.

Pettinato worked for the past decade as a natural resources lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice.

He's a Whitefish native now living in Bozeman.

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Other Democrats in the race include state Rep. Tom Woods and former state Rep. Kathleen Williams, both of Bozeman, Billings attorney John Heenan and former land-trust director Grant Kier of Missoula.

The primary is June 5. 

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