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Cannan files for city council, setting up contest in Ward 3

May 21, 2014 - From staff reports

Only one Fremont County resident filed to run for local office Tuesday.

Martin J. Cannan of Riverton submitted his paperwork Tuesday to run for the Ward 3 spot he currently fills on the Riverton City Council.

Mike Bailey of Riverton filed Monday for the seat.

Cannan was appointed to the position in February to replace Lars Baker, who resigned in December to comply with a regulation from the Wyoming State Retirement system.

Baker had attempted to reclaim the position in February, but it was given to Cannan instead. Baker filed Thursday to run as a mayoral candidate against current Councilman Rich Gard, who also submitted his paperwork Thursday.

Current Mayor Ron Warpness has confirmed that he will not seek a second term.

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 do not have a primary election takes place later this year.

Other new filings

Also on Tuesday, Al Hamburg of Torrington filed as a Democrat to run for U.S. Senate. He joins Democrat William Bryk of Bruntfork, who submitted paperwork Monday for the spot. Republican Mike Enzi, one of Wyoming's two U.S. senators, has said he is seeking a fourth term this year.

Pete Illoway of Cheyenne filed Tuesday as a Republican for Secretary of State. The field also includes Republicans Ed Murray of Cheyenne and Clark Stith of Rock Springs, both of whom filed Thursday, and Ed Buchanan of Torrington, who filed Friday.

Republican Bill Winney of Bondurant filed Tuesday to serve as Wyoming's Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos, both of Cheyenne, submitted their paperwork Thursday to replace current Superintendent Cindy Hill. Hill says she will run for governor this year but has not yet filed.

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.

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

Wyoming Senate District 25 incumbent Cale Case, a Republican from Lander, filed Thursday to keep his position. 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 Friday.

Two other Republican incumbents filed Thursday 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.

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.

Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne turned in his paperwork Thursday to run for governor. Democrat Pete Gosar of Laramie announced that he would run for governor Saturday during the Wyoming Democratic Party convention, but he has yet to file.

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.

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

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