We sat down with Dirk Adams Monday, the relatively unknown rancher from the small town of Wilsall. Adams made headlines last week as the first Democratic candidate to announce his run for Montana's U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus.
Tucked away on 12,000 acres of land is where we found Dirk Adams. He is a small-town rancher with a big idea. "I think I could make a difference in Montana," said Adams.
He plans to do just that by running for the U.S. Senate seat opened up by Baucus' retirement.
Washington, D.C., is a world away from Dirk Adams' ranch. But as we sat down with Adams he says what he has learned as a rancher can help him succeed in the world of politics.
"I am in agriculture, agriculture is the largest economic driver of this state," said Adams.
Adams spent most of the time showing us around the ranch. We continued to discuss how he came to the decision of running. He tells us he is looking forward to what lies ahead, and what he plans to focus on should he win the office.
"Lets figure out how to create jobs in America that are good paying jobs," said Adams.
Even though Adams cannot officially file to run until next year, he tells us he is already preparing by meeting with the Democratic county chairs across the state. As we get closer to the election he tells NBC Montana he plans to head out and speak to folks across Montana about his platform.