Incumbents keep seats, head to November
Paxton, Sanger, Cheney win in Carbon County
By Chad Abshire
RAWLINS — It was a night for the incumbents in Carbon County, as the voters decided to stick with who already sat in the seats during Tuesday’s primary election.
Results showed that of the 5,575 registered voters in Carbon County, 2,847 cast a ballot. That amounted to 51.07 percent of the county.
Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett said that was about average for a presidential election primary. Absentee ballots doubled from the last presidential election primary, with 587.
For provisional ballots, Bartlett said there were “less than 10.”
Canvassing begins Thursday or Friday, Bartlett said.
Each of the current Carbon County commissioners garnered enough votes to send them on to November — John Espy, Lindy Glode and Sue Jones.
Jones squeaked by former Commissioner Terry Weickum, coming away with 1,142 votes over 1,068. She beat Weickum by 1.47 percent of the vote.
Espy was the top vote-getter across Carbon County with 1,455, something that he said felt “great,” but also “humbling.”
“Four more years,” he said standing in the county clerk’s office Tuesday night. “Hopefully.”
Espy, Jones and Glode will be alongside Democrat Kenda Colman on the general ballot in November. Colman ran unopposed Tuesday and received 483 votes. Three seats are up for re-election.
Even though the numbers looked nice, it wasn’t time to slow down, Espy said.
“You can never relax in an election,” he said. “I feel pretty confident and comfortable moving forward.”
Clerk of District Court
Mara Sanger claimed victory over Janelle “Snider” Hicks by a count of 1,338 votes to 666 — 66.77 percent of the vote. With only write-ins on the Democrat side, Sanger’s practically a lock for the seat she was appointed to in May.
“I’m so excited,” Sanger said. “Relieved.”
Sanger said during elections “you’re always nervous,” but that she was looking ahead, saying there was “hard work ahead doing what I love.”
“I love the job. I love everything about the court,” she said. “The records, dealing with the people and everything imaginable coming in our door.”
She thanked her opponent for a “good race.”
State House District 47
Republican Jerry Paxton claimed a victory in Carbon County, taking 61.78 percent of the vote over Julie McCallister — 734 votes to 453.
The seat also represents Sweetwater and Albany Counties, but their results weren’t in at press time.
The winner heads to November to face off against Democrat Ken Casner, who ran unopposed and had 150 votes in Carbon County Tuesday.
U.S. House of Representatives
The Associated Press called the Republican race for Liz Cheney at around 9:30 p.m.
Cheney claimed 45.45 percent of the vote in Carbon County, 919 votes.
In a statement, Cheney said she was “honored by the trust Wyoming Republicans have placed in me to serve as our next Representative in Congress.”
“I congratulate my opponents for a hard fought contest and for their willingness to step forward in service to our state and nation,” she said. “We share an abiding love for Wyoming, its traditions and our western values. Now it’s time to look forward, united in our convictions, to defend our constitutional rights and our way of life.
“No state has been hurt more by Barack Obama’s agenda over the past seven-and-a-half years than Wyoming,” she said. “Hillary Clinton represents a continuation of the same failed policies. Our freedom is under assault from an out-of-control federal government and our security is under threat from radical Islamic terrorism.
“Wyoming needs a strong voice in Congress to lead the effort to undo the devastating policies of the last seven and a half years and restore our freedom. I will be that voice. I will be that leader.”
The race was not yet called on the Democratic ticket as of 10 p.m. At that time, Ryan Greene led Charlie Hardy at a count of 4,397 to 2,546 votes.
Greene won Carbon County at 358 to 183.
House Rep District 15 (R) – Donald Burkhart — 764 votes (unopposed)
House Rep District 15 (D) – DeBari Martinez — 300 votes (unopposed)
Precinct Committeewoman (R) – Denise Ashline beats Roni Jaure — 81 to 39.
Rawlins City Council Ward 1 – No candidates ran. There were 39 write-ins.
Rawlins City Council Ward 2 – Steve Nicholson, 380 votes. (unopposed)
Rawlins City Council Ward 3 – Steve Sanger, 392 votes. (unopposed)
Saratoga Town Council (two seats) – Jennie Lou Ivory gets 272 votes. There were 150 write-ins.
Elk Mountain Council (two seats) – Shelly Bradford gets 56 votes, Dawn Kenneda gets 52.
Baggs Council (two seats) – AnnaMarie Waldon gets 80 votes. There were 12 write-ins. For the unexpired two-year term, no candidates and 10 write-ins.
Sinclair Council (two seats) – Leo Black gets 46 votes. Carol Bach and Asa (Ace) Meeks each get 32.
Dixon Council (two seats) – Caleb Owens gets 19 votes. There were 19 write-ins.
Encampment Council – Bill Craig gets 80 votes and Kimberly Loftice gets 78.
Medicine Bow Council (two seats) – Sharon Sullivan gets 61 votes, Sheila McCleary gets 36 and Cynthia Chace gets 32. Chace, an incumbent, is out.
Riverside Council (two seats) – Liz Swynarczuk gets 18 votes. There were 9 write-ins.
Hanna Council (two seats) – No candidates ran. There were 138 write-ins.