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Lewis stresses the practical in campaign for House

By The Associated Press
Published On: Oct 14 2013 12:31:37 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 03:02:33 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

John Lewis is kicking off his campaign to be the first Democrat to win the state's House seat since the 1990s.
    
Lewis is a longtime staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. He left his job as state director earlier this year to organize his own House run.
    
The Billings native said at a formal announcement Monday that he expects to win because he will run the best campaign.
    
Lewis says he wants to help get Congress functioning again so previously routine matters like the farm and infrastructure bills can move forward. He will be campaigning against the current dysfunction in Washington, D.C.
    
Several Republicans are either in the race or considering a run.
    
Many expect Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines to announce a campaign for the retiring Baucus' Senate seat.