Bennion, a Republican, has been at the attorney general’s office since 2013. He’s originally from Billings.

“I was born and raised in Montana, I met the love of my life in Montana, and we have raised our son in Montana. I’m running for attorney general because I care about our state and I want to continue fighting for it,” Bennion said in a press release Thursday.

State Rep. Kimberly Dudik, a Democrat from Missoula, announced her bid for attorney general in December.

Current Attorney General Tim Fox is termed out from running again and is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.