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No new filings Thursday; one week remains
May 23, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
No one filed Thursday for political offices affecting Fremont County.
The field includes candidates for federal, state and local seats.
The formal filing period opened Thursday, May 15, 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
U.S. Rep.Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., submitted her paperwork for re-election on Wednesday. She will face Jason Adam Senteney, a Republican from Yoder, who filed Monday.
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, though he had not yet filed for re-election as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
Democrat Andrea Clifford of Riverton filed Wednesday for Wyoming House District 33. Republicans Jim Allen of Lander and Daniel Cardenas of St. Stephen's filed for HD33 on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, respectively. Incumbent Democrat Patrick Goggles is retiring from the post.
Wyoming Senate District 25 incumbent Cale Case, a Republican from Lander, filed Thursday, May 15, to keep his position. He gained two opponents Friday, May 16, when Republicans Jennifer McCarty and Joe Malek of rural Lander filed for the same seat.
Incumbent state Rep. Rita Campbell, R-Shoshoni, filed Thursday, May 15, 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, May 16.
Two other Republican incumbents filed Thursday, May 15, for Wyoming House races: Lloyd Larsen of Lander for House District 54 and David Miller of Riverton for House District 55. Both men were unopposed as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
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.
Fremont County Commissioner Travis Becker of Riverton filed for re-election Thursday, May 15, to continue representing District 3.
Two men who want to be Fremont County's next coroner also filed Thursday, May 15: Mark Stratmoen of Riverton and Dominick Weigel of Lander. Both candidates filed as Republicans.
Fremont County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger filed for re-election Friday, May 16, as a Republican.
Deputy county attorney Patrick LeBrun of Riverton filed as a Republican candidate for Fremont County Attorney on Thursday, May 15. Sheriff Skip Hornecker of Lander and Mark Stone of Riverton both filed Thursday, May 15, as Republicans for Fremont County Sheriff.
Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese filed Thursday, May 15, 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.
Appointed incumbent Kyle Larson filed Friday, May 16, to keep his seat on the Riverton City Council.
Martin J. Cannan of Riverton submitted his paperwork Tuesday to run for the Ward 3 spot he currently fills on the Riverton City Council. The term would be for two years
Mike Bailey of Riverton filed Monday for the four-year term in the same ward. Riverton city adminisrator Steven Weaver said the two will not oppose one another in the primary.
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, May 15, to run as a mayoral candidate against current Councilman Rich Gard, who also submitted his paperwork that day.
Mayor Ron Warpness has confirmed that he will not seek a second term.
A primary race also will be held for the position of Lander mayor. Del McOmie, a former mayor of Lander and retired state representative, filed Thursday, May 15, for the post, as did Dan Hahn.
Ed Patik filed Friday, May 16, for Lander City Council in Ward 2. On Thursday, May 15, 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.
In Shoshoni, Linda Y. Manz filed Wednesday to represent her neighbors on the town's council. She joins Lea M. Delay, who filed Friday, May 16.
Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman filed Friday, May 16, for another term.
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, May 15, and Ed Buchanan of Torrington, who filed Friday, May 16.
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, May 15, to replace current Superintendent Cindy Hill. Hill says she will run for governor this year but has not yet filed.
Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne turned in his paperwork Thursday, May 15, to run for governor. Democrat Pete Gosar of Laramie announced Saturday during the Wyoming Democratic Party convention that he would run for governor, but he has yet to file.
Republican Cynthia Cloud of Cody wants to stay on as Wyoming State Auditor; she filed Thursday, May 15. Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon, an appointed incumbent, filed for a full term on Friday, May 16.
Nathan Winters of Thermopolis filed Thursday, May 15, to continue representing Wyoming House District 28.