Montana State Auditor candidate visits Miles City

Ashley Wise Star Interim Editor
Friday, September 6, 2019

Election season is in full swing, that means candidates from all races are touring the state to meet fellow Montanans.

Last week, Shane Morigeau, who is running for State Auditor, stopped in Miles City for an event at the the Trails Inn Tap Haus.

He is running as a Democrat in the State Auditor race. Morigeau, 34, was raised in western Montana in Ronan. He is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

After graduating high school, he attended the University of Montana where he earned is degree in science in resource conservation. During his summers he fought forest fires.

He then continued at UM to earn is law degree. After leaving Montana he attended the University of Arizona where he obtained his masters law degree.

Between earning several college degrees he also attended flight school for two years.

“All those experiences add up. It made me really appreciate where I come from,” said Morigeau during an interview with the


One of Morigeau’s main priorities if elected as state auditor would be to work toward affordable healthcare.

“I want to make sure everyone in the state of Montana has affordable healthcare,” he said.

Morigeau, grew up in a low-income family and knows the value of good healthcare.

To reach that goal, Morigeau worked closely on Medicaide Expansion during the last legislative session.

To achieve his goal of affordable healthcare he aims to ensure that health insurance is affordable and the rates are fair.

Another one of his priorities is to keep public lands in the hands of the public.

According to Morigeau, he wants to expand access to public lands by working on the Land Board.

“I’m someone who is willing to work across the aisle,” he said.

But what is the biggest challenge?

According to Morgeau, is stressing the importance of the position as state auditor as many don’t know what the state auditor actually does.

The current state auditor is Matt Rosendale. Morigeau is facing Republican Troy Downing.

“I’m committed to getting out everywhere in the state. I want to hear people’s stories,” he said.

(Contact Ashley Wise at or 406-234-0450.)