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County planning chief files for commission
May 30, 2014 - From staff reports
Two people who already had announced plans to run for Wyoming governor submitted their filing paperwork for the position on Thursday.
Democrat Pete Gosar of Laramie first said he would run for governor on May 17 during the Wyoming Democratic Party convention. He is a member of the Wyoming State Board of Education and previously ran for governor in 2010.
Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill announced her intention to run back in 2013. The decision came after the Wyoming Legislature passed Senate File 104, stripping Hill of many of her duties as superintendent and transferring Department of Education leadership to a director appointed by Gov. Matt Mead.
Hill challenged the constitutionality of the law, and the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld her case this year. She returned to her post at the WDE in April.
She will face Mead in the Republican primary for the spot. He filed Tuesday, joining Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne, who turned in his paperwork May 15.
In national races, a Republican has filed to challenge U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.: James "Coaltrain" Gregory of Jackson made his bid official Thursday. Enzi filed May 23 for a fourth term.
Democrats in the race include Charlie Hardy of Cheyenne, filed Wednesday; Rex Wilde of Cheyenne, who filed Tuesday; William Bryk of Bruntfork, who filed May 19; and Al Hamburg of Torrington, who filed May 20.
The contest for Wyoming House District 34 is getting crowded, too, with two more Republicans filing for the spot Thursday: Frank Lajeunesse of Riverton and Tim Salazar of Dubois. Incumbent state Rep. Rita Campbell, R-Shoshoni, filed May 15 to continue in her post, and longtime Republican leader Pat Moore of Dubois submitted his paperwork for the seat May 16.
Price files for commission
Ray Price of Lander, who is retiring as Fremont County planner this summer, filed Thursday to run as a Republican for Fremont County Commission District 4. Independent Stephanie Kessler holds the seat and is running for re-election.
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.
A Democrat -- Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. of Lander -- filed Wednesday to enter the race for Wyoming Senate District 25. Republicans in the field include incumbent Cale Case of Lander, who filed May 15; Jennifer McCarty and Joe Malek of Lander, who filed May 16; and Allen Whiteman of Riverton, who filed Tuesday.
Democrat Wilfred J. Ferris III of Fort Washakie filed Tuesday to represent Wyoming House District 33. He joins Democrat Andrea Clifford of Riverton, who filed May 21, and Republicans Jim Allen of Lander and Daniel Cardenas of St. Stephen's, who filed May 15 and May 16, respectively. Incumbent Democrat Patrick Goggles is retiring from the post.
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. Tuesday.
Nathan Winters of Thermopolis filed May 15 to continue representing Wyoming House District 28.
Republican Bill Winney of Bondurant filed May 20 to serve as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos, both of Cheyenne, submitted their paperwork for the seat May 15.
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 whom filed May 15, and Ed Buchanan of Torrington, who filed May 16.
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.
Incumbent Republican H. Michael Bennett of Lander submitted his paperwork Tuesday for election to his appointed position. He was chosen to fill the spot after Brian Varn retired in January 2013.
Deputy county attorney Patrick LeBrun of Riverton filed as a Republican candidate for Fremont County Attorney on May 15.
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.
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.
In municipal races, Lee Martinez filed Wednesday for a return to the Riverton City Council. He served on the council 2002-2010 before resigning his post to run unsuccessfully for mayor. He attempted a return to the council in 2012 but lost to incumbent Todd Smith. Martinez currently sits on the Fremont County School District 25 Recreation Board.
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.
There will be a contest for Shoshoni mayor, with Vanessa K. Dickinson of Shoshoni filing for the spot on Tuesday. Incumbent Scott Peters filed May 23 for a second term.
Bill Marcus of Riverton filed May 23 for a seat on the Shoshoni Town Council. Linda Y. Manz of Shoshoni filed May 21 for a spot, joining Lea M. Delay, who filed May 16.
Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman filed May 16 for another term, and Patricia Neveaux of Dubois filed Wednesday for a spot on the town's council.
Mike Anderson of Hudson filed Tuesday to serve as that town's mayor.
U.S. Rep.Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., submitted her paperwork for re-election May 21. She will face Jason Adam Senteney, a Republican from Yoder, who filed May 19.