Former assessor runs for HouseMay 24, 2012 By Christina George, Staff Writer
After retiring from public office in 2010, former Fremont County Assessor Eileen Oakley is seeking the Republican nomination for the House District 54 seat in Lander.
Oakley is the latest candidate to file for the House District 54 seat, which is currently held by longtime state Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander.
"I have been interested in an elected office and the Legislature for years," Oakley said in an interview Thursday morning. "My other job was full time, and it didn't allow for this, so when Del announced his retirement, I decided to consider running, and decided I would like to."
Oakley retired as assessor two years ago after serving three four-year terms and 20 years total in the county office.
Earlier this week, Republicans Lloyd Larsen and Andrew Gramlich filed for the office, joining Democratic candidates Bruce Palmer and Michelle Hoffman.
Republican John Brown, who was one of the first to file for the office, has since dropped out of the race after learning that he resides in House District 33.
Two more candidates have filed for seats on the Fremont County Commission that are opening this year.
Lander Republican Debbie Scheler is seeking the Commission District 4 position.
Pat Hickerson, who currently holds the office, has not yet announced his decision to seek a re-election bid.
In the Commission District 2 race, Dubois Republican Tim Salazar filed for office Thursday morning. Incumbent Dennis Christensen, a Midvale Republican, filed for re-election to the seat earlier this week.
There were no new candidate filings for Commission District 5 as of noon Thursday. Doug Thompson of Jeffrey City filed earlier for another term in District 5. Fellow Republicans Red Fyler of the South Pass area and Jennifer McCarty of Lander are challenging him for the seat.
Former Riverton City Councilman Lee Martinez is seeking the Ward 2 position,
currently filled by Todd Smith.
Jonathan Faubion filed for Ward 1, a seat now held by Diana Mahoney.
Incumbent Lars Baker is pursing another term in Ward 3.
In Lander, incumbent councilman John Boulette, Dan Hahn and Sollie Cadman are vying for City Council Ward 1.
Ken Stroh is challenging councilor Cade Maestas for the Ward 2 seat.
Stroh and Hahn both are former councilmen.
Councilwoman Linda Barton has no challengers so far for the Ward 3 position.
Sherry Shelley, a Riverton Democrat who has announced her intent to run, had not filed as of noon Friday for the House District 55 race. Incumbent state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, filed earlier.
State Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, remains the lone candidate in the Senate District 20 race, as does state Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, for Senate District 26.
In House District 28, there are four newcomers vying for the seat currently held by state Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis.
The candidates are Thermopolis Democrats Carl Leyba and Connie Skates, and Republicans Echo Renner of Meeteetse and Nathan Winters of Thermopolis.
Quarberg has not filed for re-election.
State Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, and St. Stephen's Republican Daniel Cardenas are competing in the House District 33 race.
In House District 34, Lois Herbst is challenging state Rep. Rita Campbell. Both women are Republicans who reside in rural Riverton.
At the federal level, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., had not yet filed for his expected re-election bid.
Democratic candidate Al Hamburg of Torrington and Republican Thomas Bleming of Lusk filed for the office last week.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., filed on Monday. As of noon Thursday, the incumbent had no opponents.