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Races take shape on first day of candidate filing

May 17, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The filing period for elected offices appearing on the August primary ballot opened Thursday and already there are two races that include an incumbent and newcomer.

State Rep. W. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, filed for another term to serve House District 33, which consists primarily of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

His opponent from the 2010 election also filed for the seat.

St. Stephen's Republican Daniel Cardenas lost the race to Goggles by 19 votes.

In House District 34, state Rep. Rita Campbell, a Republican of rural Riverton, filed for office on Thursday.

First-time candidate Lois Herbst, a Shoshoni Republican, joins Campbell in the race.

As of press time on Thursday, other candidates who filed included state Sen. Eli D. Bebout, R-Riverton, who is seeking another four-year term for Senate District 26.

State Sen. Gerald E. Geis, R-Worland, filed for another term in Senate District 20.

Voters in the Shoshoni and Lysite area will vote in this Senate district due to changes to legislative boundaries imposed by state lawmakers this year.

Legislators spent several months last year redrawing boundaries because of population shifts that occurred throughout the state recorded in the 2010 Census.

In Lander, Democrat Bruce Palmer submitted his application for House District 54. State Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, who currently holds the seat, announced last month that he would not seek another term.

In the Fremont County Commission election, Red Fyler of Atlantic City and Jennifer McCarty of Lander, both Republicans, filed for District 5, which is a four-year term. Jeffrey City Republican Doug Thompson currently holds the seat.

Thompson earlier this week said he plans to seek re-election but had not filed Thursday morning.

At the federal level, perennial Democratic candidate Al Hamburg of Torrington filed for U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., currently holds the office, which is a six-year term.

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