Butte native Stephanie Schriock, the former Jon Tester campaign manager who currently helms the nonprofit EMILY'S List, announced today that she will not run for U.S. Senate in 2014. Schriock's name has been dropped repeatedly in recent months as one of several potential Democratic candidates to replace retiring Sen. Max Baucus.
“Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart," Schriock said in an emailed statement this morning. "It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time. There is so much work to be done all over the country fighting on behalf of women and standing up against a concerted effort to roll back the clock on our freedoms and opportunities. I will always be committed to the people who taught me that those freedoms are something we must keep fighting to protect. Montana is my home and I will always want to be a part of its future.”
The Democratic field for Baucus' replacement has thinned noticeably in the past month. Schweitzer declined a bid for office in early July, a move that many believe could make the race easier for Republicans. State Auditor Monica Lindeen also decided not to run, making her announcement via Twitter July 16. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau remains one of the few talked-about Democrats who have yet to issue a firm position. A "Draft Denise" Facebook page currently has 929 likes.