Primary Election Day in Washakie County

Written by on August 21, 2018

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Today is Primary Election Day in Wyoming. Voters heading to the polls today will be deciding who makes it onto the general election ballot from their party of choice.
In Washakie County, a host of local races have only one candidate looking to fill the role. Some of those seats include County Clerk, County Assessor, Sheriff, Coroner and the Clerk of Court.
The Worland City Council will have a number of Wards with no candidates filing in the Primary Election. Per an article in the Northern Wyoming Daily News, Loresa Brinkerhoff in Ward 3, Lisa Fernandez in Ward 1 and Michele Rideout in Ward 3 will not seek re-election. Voters can write-in a candidate, but at least 3 votes are needed for a write-in candidate to be legible.
There is a competitive race for two County Commissioner seats. Incumbents Terry Wolf and Fred Frandson are seeking re-election with a challenge from fellow Republican Christapher Godfrey.
The state and national races are much more hotly contested. The Governor’s race has been a crowded field on the Republican side. Six candidates seek the nomination, including current State Treasurer Mark Gordon, businessmen Foster Friess and Sam Galeotos and natural resources lawyer Harriett Hageman.
Two candidates are vying for the role of secretary of state. Democrat James W. Byrd and Republican James Buchanan, who was appointed to the position earlier this year.
Republicans Nathan Winters of Thermopolis, Kristi Racines of Cheyenne and Democrat Jeff Dockter of Cheyenne are in a 3-way race for the state auditor’s office.
Three Republicans are fighting for the nomination of State Treasurer, Curt Meier, Leland Christensen and Ron Redo, no Democrats are running.
John Barasso will be looking to defend his Senate seat, with the most pressure coming from David Dodson. While U.S. House Representative Liz Cheney is challenged by Republicans Rod Miller and Blake Stanley.
A full list of local Primary candidates can be found online at and the full list of state and national cadidates can be found on
To vote Tuesday, polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ten Sleep residents, including the Nowood area, vote at the Ten Sleep Senior Center. All other Washakie County residents vote at the Worland Community Center Complex on Culbertson.
You may register to vote at the polls.

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