May 18, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff WriterSeveral candidates vying for a Lander City Council seat threw their hats into the race on Thursday, the first day of the filing period for the August primary election.
No candidates for Riverton City Council had filed my mid-afternoon Friday.
John Boulette is seeking another office term Ward 1 councilman in Lander. Sollie Cadman and Dan Hahn, who also filed on Thursday, join the incumbent in the race.
Hahn previously served on Lander City Council. In 2010, he opted to not seek re-election to pursue the mayoral seat. He lost to incumbent Mick Wolfe.
Also in Lander, incumbent Linda Barton is seeking another term as councilwoman for Ward 3.
The filing period for candidates running for various offices, including federal and state legislative seats, Fremont County Commission districts and municipal positions, appearing on the Aug. 21 primary ballot opened on Thursday.
Applications are due by Friday, June 1.
Also in Lander, the state legislative race for House District 54 is starting to see more candidates.
Lander Republican Lloyd Charles Larsen is the latest to file for House District 54. Republican John B. Brown and Democrat Bruce Palmer, both of Lander, filed Thursday for the seat, which is currently held by state Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander.
After 14 years in office, McOmie last month announced he would not seek re-election.
Thermopolis Republican Nathan Winters filed for House District 28. The district consists of portions of the Big Horn Basin and the Shoshoni and Lysite area in Fremont County.
The seat is held by state Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, who has held office since 2005.
State Sen. Gerald E. Geis, R-Worland, is seeking another term in Senate District 20. Geis has served in the Senate since 1993, and previously from 1975 to 1986.
Senate District 20 is also comprised of the Big Horn Basin and the Shoshoni and Lysite area.
Shoshoni and Lysite voters will vote in these Senate and House districts for the first time due to changes state lawmakers made this year to legislative boundaries due to population shifts in Wyoming.
State Sen. Eli D. Bebout, R-Riverton, filed for Senate District 26 on Thursday. He has held the seat since 2007. He also served in the House from 1987 to 2000.
There are two candidates in the House District 33 race.
State Rep. W. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, is seeking re-election to the seat he has held since 2005. His opponent is St. Stephen's Republican Daniel Cardenas. The two faced off in the 2010 election, but Goggles came out on top by 19 votes.
In House District 34, state Rep. Rita Campbell, a Republican of rural Riverton, is seeking another term. Campbell has served in the House since 2011.
Newcomer Lois Herbst, a Republican from Shoshoni, joins Campbell in the race.
Republicans Red Fyler of Atlantic City and Jennifer McCarty of Lander filed on Thursday for Fremont County Commission District 5. Jeffrey City Republican Doug Thompson currently holds the seat.
Republican Thomas Bleming of Lusk filed on Friday for U.S. Senate, which is currently filled by John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Torrington Democrat Al Hamburg filed for the seat on Thursday.
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