Wilmot Collins, A Liberian Who Became First Black Mayor Of Montana City Announces Bid For U.S. Senate Seat

Mr. Wilmot Collins, first black to become Mayor of the City Montana

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia who became the first black mayor of any city in Montana, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Steve Daines.

Collins filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission before a public announcement Monday. He is the first candidate to challenge Daines, a first-term Republican.

Collins defeated four-term Helena Mayor Jim Smith in 2017 for the non-partisan, part-time mayor’s office. He campaigned for affordable housing, addressing homelessness among military veterans and teens, and increased staffing for police and fire departments.

His election made national news and was featured on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Collins and his wife, Maddie, moved to Helena in the early 1990s to escape civil war in Liberia. He is a child protection specialist for the state health department.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.