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Hill says she'll run for governor in '14

Jan 31, 2013 - Staff and wire reports

Two days after being stripped of most of her powers of office by the Wyoming Legislature, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill announced plans to run for governor in 2014.

Hill made the announcement during a talk show Thursday morning on Cheyenne radio station KGAB.

The news comes two days after Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill stripping Hill of most of her power as state superintendent. Mead has appointed an interim director to lead the Wyoming Department of Education.

Hill has filed a lawsuit contesting the legislation.

Elected in 2010, Hill is in her third year as head of the Wyoming education system.

She defeated six-year incumbent Jim McBride in the Republican primary election that year, then trounced Democrat Mike Massie in the general election.

Hill has defended her administration of the agency.

On Wednesday she was ordered to vacate her executive office at the Wyoming Department of Education and will be required to use a small space in the rear of the Barrett Building near the Wyoming Capitol.

Hill said she was told her administrative assistant could not accompany her to the new work space.

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