Former Montana lawmaker Neill drops out of governor's race

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Former state lawmaker Reilly Neill of Livingston has dropped out of the Democratic primary for Montana governor.

Neill, who raised about $1,000 for her campaign, made the announcement on her website on Jan. 12. Her post criticized the media for failing to cover her campaign and the Montana Democratic Party for not supporting candidates who don't have large fundraising circles. She also criticized the role money plays in politics.

Neill says she'll focus on her work as editor and publisher of Montana Press Monthly, a free newspaper, and continue her effort to get the state to create a sustainability plan to help address climate change.

Neill served in the state House in 2013-14.

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, businesswoman Whitney Williams and House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski are seeking the Republican nomination. The primary election is June 2.