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Two file for CWC board; Mills says she won't run again
Aug 21, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
More than a week after the filing period opened, two candidates submitted their applications for the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees.
On Friday, Carlton C.T. Underwood of Fort Washakie submitted his application for Subdistrict 3. Also, Tim Payne of Riverton submitted his application for the Sub-district 2 spot.
Candidates have until Monday, Aug. 27, to file for office. There is no primary election for college and school board seats. All candidates will be listed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Although trustees are elected from subdistricts, voting is countywide.
Underwood now serves on the Fremont County School District 14 Board of Education. He was elected to the Wyoming Indian board in 2010.
Mills to step down
Current CWC chairwoman Caroline Mills is the Subdistrict 3 representative, and during the board's June meeting she announced she would not seek another term.
"I, Caroline Mills, am not planning to run again," she said.
She said she found the experience of being on the board "very rewarding."
Mills, who has represented the Wind River Indian Reservation subdistrict since December 2004, believes there are other qualified individuals who could run. She said she would continue to support the college through her job as director of the Fort Washakie Learning Center.
Payne filed for the CWC board seat now held by Judy Pedersen. The district encompasses Shoshoni, Lysite and various areas north of Riverton.
Two other seats on the board are up this year. Frank Welty III and Colton Crane hold them.
Crane represents Subdistrict 4, which incorporates Lander, Hudson, Jeffrey City and Atlantic City. Welty represents Sub-district 1, which consists of Dubois, Pavillion and Crowheart.
Similar to the CWC contest, the Lander school board race saw two candidates file applications recently.
Trustee Joe Palladino filed for re-election on Friday, and newcomer Brooke Sutton joined him on Monday. The two are the first to file for one of three seats on the School District 1 board appearing on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Palladino was elected in 2008. Susan Crane and John Schumacher were also elected to their first four-year term on the board that year.
Both Crane and Schumacher earlier this month confirmed they would not run for re-election.
The race with the largest candidate pool as of noon Tuesday is for three seats on School District 38's board in Arapahoe.
Candidates are Theodore Lionel Bell, Arlo "Skeeter" Moss, Preston Moss and Michael Redman all of Arapahoe, Maxine Moss, Brian Williams Sr. and Margret "Margo" Williams all of Riverton, and incumbent John Goggles of St. Stephen's.
Leo Hanway Sr. and Howard Brown hold the other positions up this year.
School District 21 trustee Tex LeClair and newcomer Kathryn Ferris Lone Fight both submitted applications for the Fort Washakie school board late last week. There are three spots on the board up this year.
In Shoshoni, Kelly Gardner joined fellow incumbent Teffany Fegler in seeking re-election to the School District 24 board. A third seat, held by Tracy Spence, will also appear on the November ballot.
Mark Perkins of Riverton and incumbent Kristin Benson of Kinnear filed for School District 6 Board of Education that serves Wind River schools. Benson was appointed to the position earlier this year to replace Marilyn Lund, who resigned last January.
There are four seats on the Wind River board with terms that expire this year.
School District 14 trustees Clarinda Thunder and Belle Ferris continue to be the lone candidates in the Wyoming Indian board race.
In addition to Thunder and Ferris, J. Merton Trosper has a term that expires this year.
All four School District 25 trustees in Riverton with expiring terms have applied for re-election. They are Lynette Jeffres, Carl Manning, Glenn Ogg and Dean Peranteaux.
One education board race that has yet to see a candidate file is School District 2 in Dubois. Three positions on the board are up this year.
Ken Metzler of Riverton is challenging Fremont County Fire District director Glen Steers of Lander for the position.
Incumbents Robert Wiley and Ron Wilmes filed for the director spot on the Jeffrey City Fire District, which is a two-year unexpired term.
In Dubois, Larry Wilke submitted an application for fire Sub-district 1 director, Reg Phillips filed for the Sub-district 4 director position and Peter Wendell filed for Sub-district 2 director. All three are current members of the Dubois Fire District.
On Monday, Reg Phillips submitted his re-election application as rural supervisor of the Dubois/Crowheart Conservation District. He joins fellow rural supervisor Lyle Alexander.
Timothy Wilson is seeking another term as the at-large supervisor of the Popo Agie Conservation District. Also, Gerald Caskey filed for re-election as the district's urban supervisor.
Three people are vying for rural supervisor of the Lower Wind River Conservation District. They are James "J.W." Hendry of Lysite, and Rod Rivers and Gavin Woody both incumbents of Riverton.
On Friday, Judy Hurt filed for re-election to the Shoshoni/Lysite Cemetery District director position, which is an unexpired two-year term.
Lynn Stewart filed for the Dubois Cemetery District director on Monday. Also in the race are present members Stephen Banks and Hugh Boyd Livingston.
Jerry Kintzler and incumbents Norm Moss and Nancy Richardson have applied for director of the Mountain View Cemetery District in Riverton.
Stephanie Kessler of Lander filed as an independent in the Fremont County Commission District 4 race. She is set to face incumbent Pat Hickerson, a Lander Republican, in the general election.
-- Staff writer Joshua Scheer contributed to this story.