The Montana Republican Party has named as its new executive director a man who has worked on election campaigns in four other states.

Party officials said in a statement that Timothy Gould will begin his duties on Dec. 1.

Party Chairman Jeff Essmann says he believes Gould's experience will be an asset in Montana's 2016 elections.

Gould has worked on local, gubernatorial, congressional and presidential campaigns in Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey.

He will replace Chris Shipp, who resigned on Sept. 30.

The GOP in 2016 will be trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, re-elect Attorney General Tim Fox, win three open statewide offices and hold on to its majority in the Legislature.

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