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HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke has changed campaign managers after winning the primary last month.

Alan Mikkelsen, who has had a consulting business in St. Ignatius, is now running Zinke’s campaign.

Zinke’s former campaign manager, Robert Kearley, is now serving as a consultant to the campaign and is not involved in the day-to-day operations, Zinke said.

“Alan has done this before,” Zinke said Tuesday. “He really knows Montana well.”

During the primary campaign, Mikkelsen had served as a general consultant to the campaign “to make sure we had Montana at the best interest of what we were doing,” Zinke said.

Mikkelsen has run for statewide office and managed a statewide race previously.

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In 1996, Mikkelsen ran in the three-way Republican primary for the U.S. House, losing to Rick Hill, who went on to win the House seat.

In 2000, Mikkelsen managed Denny Rehberg’s first congressional campaign in a race against Democrat Nancy Keenan. After Rehberg won, Mikkelsen went to Washington, D.C., to serve as his chief of staff for a year.

He returned to St. Ignatius and worked as a consultant, focusing on public policy, government affairs and conflict resolution.

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Managing editor at The Billings Gazette.