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Election filing period opens; 19 residents submit interest
May 16, 2014 - From staff reports
Nineteen Fremont County residents filed as candidates for state and local office Thursday.
The filing period opened Thursday and lasts through May 30 for partisan candidates for county, state and national offices, and for nonpartisan municipal offices. The primary election is Aug. 19, with the general election Nov. 4.
Only one local candidate for Wyoming Senate filed Thursday: Republican incumbent Cale Case of Lander made official his desire to continue representing Senate District 25.
Three Republican incumbents filed for Wyoming House races: Rita Campbell of Shoshoni for House District 34, Lloyd Larsen of Lander for House District 54 and David Miller of Riverton for House District 55. Republican Jim Allen of Lander filed for Wyoming House District 33.
Travis Becker of Riverton is the only Fremont County Commissioner who had filed for re-election as of Thursday evening. The Republican wants to continue representing District 3.
Two men who want to be Fremont County's next coroner filed Thursday: Mark Stratmoen of Riverton and Dominick Weigel of Lander. Both filed as Republicans.
Deputy county attorney Patrick LeBrun of Riverton filed as a Republican candidate for Fremont County Attorney on Thursday. Sheriff Skip Hornecker of Lander and Mark Stone of Riverton both filed as Republicans for Fremont County Sheriff.
Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese filed Thursday as a Republican to stay at her post, as did Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg and Fremont County Clerk of District Court Kristi Green. All three women live in Lander.
Three Lander residents filed Thursday for three separate municipal races, which are non-partisan: Dan Hahn wants to be mayor, Monte Richardson is a candidate for the Lander City Council Ward 1 seat, and Nancy Pieropan is a candidate for the Lander City Council Ward 3 seat.
The mayor's race already is contested in Riverton, with Lars Baker and Richard Gard both filing Thursday.
Local residents also will weigh in on state-level races involving people who don't live in Fremont County.
As of Thursday evening, only one person had filed to run for Wyoming governor -- Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne.
Ed Murray of Cheyenne and Clark Stith of Rock Springs filed Thursday as Republicans running for Secretary of State.
Republican Cynthia Cloud of Cody wants to stay on as Wyoming State Auditor; she filed Thursday.
One Republican and one Democrat already have filed to replace State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill: Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos, both of Cheyenne, submitted their paperwork Thursday.