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Commission race takes shape; Bailey files in city

May 20, 2014 - From staff reports

Filings for local office continued early this week, with two new candidates for the Fremont County Commission and one for Riverton City Council.

Valaira A. Whiteman of St. Stephen's filed Monday as a Republican for Fremont County Commission District 1. She will face incumbent Democrat Keja Whiteman, who also filed Monday.

Mike Bailey of Riverton will run to represent Ward 3 on the Riverton council; he filed Monday. Martin Caanan holds the seat.

At the national level, one person has filed as a Democrat to represent Wyoming in the U.S. Senate: William Bryk of Bruntfork submitted his paperwork Monday. Republican Mike Enzi is seeking a fourth term.

Also on Monday, Jason Adam Senteny, a Republican from Yoder, made official his intention to seek Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is seeking re-election.

File through May 30

The formal filing period opened Thursday and continues through May 30 for partisan candidates in county, state and national offices, as well as for nonpartisan municipal offices. The primary election is Aug. 19, with the general election Nov. 4.

Filing for school boards, the community college board and some other non-partisan races that don't have a primary election takes place later this year.

Previous filings

Only one local candidate for Wyoming Senate filed Thursday: Senate District 25 incumbent Cale Case, a Republican from Lander. He gained two opponents Friday, when Republicans Jennifer McCarty and Joe Malek of rural Lander filed for the same seat.

Republicans Jim Allen of Lander and Daniel Cardenas of St. Stephen's filed for Wyoming House District 33 Thursday and Friday, respectively. Incumbent Democrat Patrick Goggles is retiring from the post.

Incumbent state Rep. Rita Campbell, R-Shoshoni, filed Thursday to continue representing House District 34, but she will have a primary opponent: Longtime Republican leader Pat Moore of Dubois filed for the seat on Friday.

Legislature, county

Two other Republican incumbents filed for Wyoming House races: Lloyd Larsen of Lander for House District 54 and David Miller of Riverton for House District 55.

Fremont County Commissioner Travis Becker of Riverton filed for re-election Thursday evening 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 candidates filed as Republicans.

As he had announced, Fremont County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger filed for re-election Friday as a Republican.

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 Thursday as Republicans for Fremont County Sheriff.

Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese filed Thursday to stay at her post, as did Fremont County Assessor Tara Berg and Fremont County Clerk of District Court Kristi Green. All three Republican women live in Lander.

Municipal races

A primary race will be held for the position of Lander mayor. Del McOmie, a former mayor of Lander and retired state representative, filed Thursday for the post, as did Dan Hahn.

Ed Patik filed Friday for Lander City Council in Ward 2. On Thursday, Monte Richardson became a candidate for the Lander City Council Ward 1 seat, and Nancy Pieropan became a candidate for the Lander City Council Ward 3 seat.

Appointed incumbent Kyle Larson filed Friday to keep his seat on the Riverton City Council.

Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman filed Friday for another term, and Lea Delay filed Friday for a seat on the Shoshoni Town Council.

The mayor's race already is contested in Riverton, with Lars Baker and Richard Gard both filing Thursday.

Statewide

Through Friday only one of three announced Republican candidates for Wyoming governor had filed -- Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne turned in his paperwork Thursday. Democrat Pete Gosar of Laramie announced that he would run for governor Saturday during the Wyoming Democratic Party convention.

Ed Murray of Cheyenne and Clark Stith of Rock Springs filed Thursday as Republicans running for Secretary of State, and Republican Ed Buchanan of Torrington joined them on Friday.

Republican Cynthia Cloud of Cody wants to stay on as Wyoming State Auditor; she filed Thursday. Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon, an appointed incumbent, filed for a full term on Friday.

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.

Nathan Winters of Thermopolis filed Thursday to continue representing Wyoming House District 28.

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