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Primary filing season ends
Jun 3, 2014 - From staff reports
Three more Republicans filed Friday to challenge U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., this election season: Thomas Bleming of Lusk, Arthur Bruce Clifton of Cheyenne andBryan E. Miller of Sheridan.
They join fellow Republican challenger James "Coaltrain" Gregory of Jackson, who made his bid official Thursday. Enzi filed May 23 for a fourth term.
Democrats in the race include Charlie Hardy of Cheyenne, who filed May 28; Rex Wilde of Cheyenne, who filed May 27; William Bryk of Bruntfork, who filed May 19; and Al Hamburg of Torrington, who filed May 20.
One Democrat also entered the race for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. Richard Grayson of Albin, Ariz., filed Friday for the spot. Lummis filed for re-election May 21. In the primary she will face Jason Adam Senteney, a Republican from Yoder, who filed May 19.
A second Democrat has entered the race for Senate District 25. Travis C. Brockie of Fort Washakie filed Friday, joining Democrat Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. of Lander who filed May 28.
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.
City council races gained several contenders Friday, with Sarah L. Kalbach entering the race to represent Riverton's Ward 2. She faces Lee Martinez, who filed May 28. Both are former council members.
Rajean Strube Fossen of Lander filed Friday for the Ward 1 spot on her city's council, joining Monte Richardson, who filed May 15.
The Dubois council race now includes three people, with the Friday addition of Michael Alexander and Bruce J. Thompson of Dubois. Patricia Neveaux of Dubois filed May 28 for a spot on the town's council.
Two people filed Friday for the Hudson Town Council: Mary Frances Fenton and Julie Thomas of Hudson.
The race for Pavillion mayor will be between E. Tex Frazier of Pavillion, who filed May 20, and Gary R. Hamlin of Pavillion, who filed May 19.
Three people want a seat on the Pavillion Town Council: Richard Johnson filed May 27, Bud Kisling filed May 22, and Ryan Memering filed Friday.
Fremont County Commission races are set, with Republican Mark Lambert of Fort Washakie filing Friday for District 1. He will face Valaira A. Whiteman of St. Stephen's in the primary; she filed May 19 as a Republican for the seat. Incumbent Democrat Keja Whiteman also filed May 19.
Kathleen Cramer Averill of Lander filed Friday for Fremont County Commission District 4. 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 but does not need to file until the general election because there is no primary for registered independents. She intends to run again.
Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon, an appointed incumbent, will face a challenger in his bid for a full term. Ron Redo of Cheyenne filed for the seat Friday; Gordon submitted his paperwork May 16.
The race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction gained one more candidate Friday, when Sheryl Lain of Cheyenne made her bid official. Republican Bill Winney of Bondurant filed May 20 for the seat, and Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos, both of Cheyenne, submitted their paperwork for the spot May 15.
The filing period closed Friday for partisan positions 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 who already had announced plans to run for Wyoming governor submitted their filing paperwork for the position on May 29.
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 May 27, joining Republican Taylor Haynes of Cheyenne, who turned in his paperwork May 15.
The contest for Wyoming House District 34 includes two Republicans who filed for the spot May 27: 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.
Democrat Wilfred J. Ferris III of Fort Washakie filed May 27 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 are unopposed.
Nathan Winters of Thermopolis filed May 15 to continue representing Wyoming House District 28.
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.
Incumbent Republican H. Michael Bennett of Lander submitted his paperwork May 27 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.
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.
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. He is unopposed.