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May 27, 2014 - From staff reports
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., filed Friday for his fourth term in office.
He has two Democratic challengers so far for his seat in Washington, D.C.: William Bryk of Bruntfork, who filed May 19 and Al Hamburg of Torrington, who filed May 20.
The formal filing period opened May 15 and continues through Friday 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.
Two people filed for office in Shoshoni on Friday: Incumbent Mayor Scott Peters will seek a second term, and Bill Marcus of Riverton wants a seat on the Shoshoni Town Council. Linda Y. Manz of Shoshoni filed Wednesday to represent her neighbors on the town's council, joining Lea M. Delay, who filed May 16.
National, state races
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 May 19.
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 May 15 and May 16, respectively. Incumbent Democrat Patrick Goggles is retiring from the post.
Wyoming Senate District 25 incumbent Cale Case, a Republican from Lander, filed May 15 to keep his position. He gained two opponents 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 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 May 16.
Two other Republican incumbents filed 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 May 19 as a Republican for Fremont County Commission District 1. She will face incumbent Democrat Keja Whiteman, who also filed May 19.
Fremont County Commissioner Travis Becker of Riverton filed for re-election May 15 to continue representing District 3.
Two men who want to be Fremont County's next coroner also filed 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 May 16 as a Republican.
Deputy county attorney Patrick LeBrun of Riverton filed as a Republican candidate for Fremont County Attorney on May 15. Sheriff Skip Hornecker of Lander and Mark Stone of Riverton both filed May 15 as Republicans for Fremont County Sheriff.
Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese filed 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 May 16 to keep his seat on the Riverton City Council.
Martin J. Cannan of Riverton submitted his paperwork May 20 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 May 19 for the four-year Ward 3 term currently held by Richard Gard, who is running for mayor. Riverton city administrator Steven Weaver said Bailey and Cannan will not oppose one another in the primary.
Cannan was appointed to his 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 May 15 to run as a mayoral candidate against 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 May 15 for the post, as did Dan Hahn.
Ed Patik filed Friday, May 16, for Lander City Council in Ward 2. On 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.
Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman filed May 16 for another term.
Pete Illoway of Cheyenne filed May 20 as a Republican for Secretary of State. The field also includes Republicans Ed Murray of Cheyenne and Clark Stith of Rock Springs, both of who filed May 15 and Ed Buchanan of Torrington, who filed May 16.
Republican Bill Winney of Bondurant filed May 20 to serve as Wyoming's Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos, both of Cheyenne, submitted their paperwork 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 May 15 to run for governor. Democrat Pete Gosar of Laramie announced that he would run for governor during the Wyoming Democratic Party convention May 17 but he has yet to file.
Republican Cynthia Cloud of Cody wants to stay on as Wyoming State Auditor; she filed May 15. Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon, an appointed incumbent, filed for a full term on May 16.
Nathan Winters of Thermopolis filed May 15 to continue representing Wyoming House District 28.