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Riverton council field grows; one day left to file
May 31, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
The race for the Riverton City Council Ward 2 seat heated up Wednesday with the incumbent and a former councilwoman filing for the office.
Councilman Todd Smith and Sarah Kalbach joined another past councilman, Lee Martinez, in the race for the four-year seat.
Kalbach was appointed to the council in early 2009 to fill a vacancy left by Sandy Luers who resigned to take a position with the City of Riverton.
In 2010, Kalbach decided to run for a four-year seat instead of the unexpired two-year seat she had held. She lost in the general election in 2010 to Mary Ellen Christensen.
In the 2010 primary election, Smith ran and was elected to Kalbach's old seat.
Former councilman Lee Martinez filed for the Ward 2 seat earlier this month. He did not seek re-election to his city council seat in 2010, instead running for mayor. He lost to Larry Bauman and Ron Warpness in the primary election that year.
Warpness later secured the position in the November 2010 general election.
Also on Wednesday, Riverton City Council member Diana Mahoney filed for re-election to the Ward 1 seat. Newcomer Jonathan Faubion filed for the position May 21.
A few more candidates vying for local positions have submitted their applications with one day to go until the filing period closes for offices appearing on the Aug. 21 primary election ballot.
Another municipal council that saw candidates file Wednesday was Dubois.
Councilmen David Bennett and Rick Lee filed for the two four-year seats they hold.
As of noon Thursday, no candidates filed for the two two-year seats and two four-year seats on the Pavillion Town Council that are up this election.
In Lander, the three incumbents whose terms expire this year are seeking re-election.
Councilor John Boulette, Sollie Cadman and Dan Hahn have filed for the Ward 1 seat. Hahn previously served on the council. In 2010, he decided to seek the mayoral position but lost to incumbent Mick Wolfe.
Ken Stroh, who has also served on the council in past years, is challenging councilman Cade Maestas for the Ward 2 seat.
Linda Barton remains unopposed for the Ward 3 seat.
Riverton City Council Ward 3 representative John "Lars" Baker is seeking another term in office. No other candidates had filed for the position as of noon Thursday.
The Hudson Town Council has two four-year seats up in this year's election. They are held by Mike Anderson and Sherry Oler. Both incumbents are seeking re-election.
On Thursday, Brandy Hague filed for one of two four-year seats on the Shoshoni Town Council up this year.
Darla Keever and Gary Weisz have also submitted their
applications for the two seats held by Ken Cundall and Bill Marcus.
Weisz ran for a council seat in the 2006 and 2008 elections.
The three Fremont County commissioners whose terms expire this year have all filed for re-election.
Commissioner Dennis Christensen, of Riverton, submitted his application for the District 2 seat. His challenger is Tim Salazar, of Dubois. Both men are Republicans.
Commission vice chairman Patrick Hickerson and newcomer Debbie Scheler, both Lander Republicans, are running for the District 4 seat.
Red Fyler, of the South Pass area, and Jennifer McCarty, of Lander, are challenging commission chairman Doug Thompson, of Jeffrey City, for the District 5 seat. All three are Republicans.
House of Representatives
One of the biggest races in Fremont County this year is the Wyoming House District 54 seat in Lander.
State Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, announced earlier this spring that he would not seek another term after serving 14 years.
With the incumbent out of the race, five candidates have filed for the position. They are Democratic candidates Bruce Palmer and Michelle Hoffman, and Republicans Andrew Gramlich, Lloyd Larsen and Eileen Oakley.
Palmer, Hoffman and Oakley have experience in elected office. Palmer is serving on the Fremont County School District 1 Board of Education in Lander. Hoffman has also served on the Lander board and unsuccessfully ran for Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2006. Oakley served three four-year terms as county assessor.
Two candidates have filed for House District 55. They are state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, and newcomer Sherry Shelley, a Riverton Democrat.
St. Stephen's Republican Daniel Cardenas is challenging state Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, for the House District 33 race. The two faced off in the 2010 race, with Goggles winning by 19 votes.
In the House District 34 race, state Rep. Rita Campbell is seeking another term. Her opponent is Lois Herbst. Both women are Republicans who live in rural Riverton.
Four candidates have filed for House District 28, which consists of the Big Horn Basin and the Shoshoni and Lysite area in Fremont County. They are Thermopolis Democrats Carl Leyba and Connie Skates, and Republicans Echo Renner, of Meeteetse, and Nathan Winters, of Thermopolis.
State Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, filed for re-election May 17, which was the first day of the filing period. As of Thursday, he remained the lone candidate in the Senate District 26 race.
Like Bebout, state Sen. Gerald Geis, R-Worland, has yet to see a challenger. Geis represents Senate District 20, which includes the Big Horn Basin and the Shoshoni and Lysite area.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., is seeking another term in office. Newcomer Chris Henrich-sen has also filed for the position.
Henrichsen is a Democrat from Casper.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., filed for re-election Tuesday.
Barrasso was appointed to the position in 2007 following the death of U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas. He then ran and was elected in the 2008 election to serve out the remainder of Thomas' term.
Two others have filed for the position. They are Republican Thomas Bleming, of Lusk, and Al Hamburg, a Democrat from Torrington.