A former Park County commissioner is launching a campaign for a seat in the Montana House.

Republican Marty Malone will seek the seat held by Rep. Alan Redfield, R-Pray. Malone, also from Pray, said his views largely align with Redfield’s, who previously served as chairman of the House Taxation Committee and his prohibited by term limits from seeking reelection.

Malone served as a Montana State University extension agent for three decades, owns a ranch in the Paradise Valley and works for Yellowstone Country Motors in Livingston.

He said the voice of agriculture has been disappearing from the Montana Legislature and he would like to keep that perspective alive.

“I think agriculture is and should continue to be one of the most important industries in Montana,” Malone said. “It provides a sanctuary for wildlife and open space, which is critical because people come to Montana for open space, not subdivisions.”

Malone describes himself as conservative and, if elected, said his priorities would include protecting the Second Amendment and advocating for free-trade policies to support farmers and ranchers.

Malone, 70, has lived in Park County for most of his life, which he said sets him up to represent House District 59, a seat that covers the rural sections of Park County, all of Sweet Grass County and a small piece of northeastern Gallatin County.

Malone was elected to the Park County Commission in 2008 and served two terms before being narrowly defeated by Bill Berg in 2016.

“The House seat covers a rural area that tends to be conservative, and I can be a voice for the people here,” he said.

Candidates have until March 9 to file for office with the Montana Secretary of State’s office for the primary election in June.

Perrin Stein can be reached at pstein@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2648.

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