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Weston County Gazette of Upton, Wyoming

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On Tuesday, November 4, it is time for every woman and man of Weston County to exercise their constitutionally-given right to vote in the 2014 General Election. The polls fire up at 7:00 a.m. and they close at 7:00 p.m. If a person needs to make changes to their registration or if a person needs to register for the first time in the State of Wyoming, they are permitted to do so at their polling place. Just be sure to bring your Wyoming Driver's License.

The Upton Community Center will be the polling place for Precincts 3-1 and 4-1, the Osage Community Building will be the polling place for Precinct 2-1, and the Armory/Forestry Building in Newcastle is the polling place for Precinct's 1-1, 1-2, 5-1, 5-2, and 5-3.

The candidates that will be appearing on the General Election Ballot are as follows:

The candidates for United States Senator (six-year term/vote for one) are Mike Enzi (Republican Incumbent), Curt Gotts hall (Independent) Charlie Hardy (Democratic), and Joseph S. Porambo (Libertarian).

The candidates for United States Representative (two-year term/vote for one) are Richard Brubaker (Libertarian), Daniel Clyde Cummings (Constitution), Richard Grayson (Democratic), and Cynthia Lummis (Republican Incumbent).

The candidates for Governor (four-year term/vote for one) are Dee Cozzens (Libertarian), Pete Gosar (Democratic), Matt Mead (Republican Incumbent), and Don Wills (Independent).

The candidates for the Secretary of State, a position being vacated by Max Max field, (four-year term/vote for one) are Kit Carson (Libertarian), Ed Murray (Republican), and Jennifer Young (Constitution).

The single candidate for the four-year term of State Auditor is Cynthia I. Cloud (Republican Incumbent).

The single candidate for the four-year term of State Treasurer is Mark Gordon (Republican Incumbent).

The candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position being vacated by Cindy Hill, (four-year term/vote for one) are Jillian Balow (Republican) and Mike Ceballos (Democratic).

The single candidate for State Senator of Senate District #3 (four-year term/vote for one) is Curt Meier (Republican).

The single candidate for State Representative of House District #2 (two — year term/vote for one) is Hans Hunt (Republican Incumbent).

The single candidate for State Senator of Senate District #1 (four-year term/vote for one) is Ogden Driskill (Republican Incumbent).

The single candidate for State Representative of House District #1, a position being vacated by Mark Semlek, (two-year term/vote for one) is Tyler Lindholm (Republican).

The candidates for County Commissioner (four-year term/vote for no more than three) are Tony Barton (Republican), Marty Ertman (Republican Incumbent), and Bill Lambert (Republican). Jerry Shepperson and Lenard Seeley will be vacating their seats.

The single candidate for County Coroner (four — year term/vote for one) is Cynthia Crabtree (Republican).

The single candidate for County Attorney (four-year term/vote for one) is William Curley (Republican). Don Hansen will be vacating this position, a position that he's held for many years.

The single candidate for County Sheriff (four-year term/vote for one) is Bryan E. Colvard (Republican Incumbent).

The candidates for County Clerk (four-year term/vote for one) are Mamie C. Krank (Republican Incumbent) and Cheryl Ann Kregel (Independent), who qualified as a write-in candidate through a public petition.

The single candidate for County Treasurer (four-year term/vote for one) is Susan Overman (Republican Incumbent).

The single candidate for County Assessor (four — year term/vote for one) is Tina E. Conklin (Republican Incumbent).

The single candidate for Clerk of the District Court, a position being vacated by Sandra Wal-ford, (four-year term/vote for one) is Gidget Macke (Republican).

The candidates for the Town of Upton Mayor, a position being vacated by Don Sharkey, (four-year term/vote for one) are Ron Kosola and Dustin Upton.

The candidates for the Town of Upton Council Members At-Large (four — year term/vote for no more than two) are Travis Beck (Incumbent), Dick Claycomb, and Nathan C. Todd.

The candidates for Weston County School District No. 7 School Trustees At-Large (four-year term/vote for no more than three) are Woody Gaughenbaugh (Incumbent), Gene H.Knapp (Incumbent), and Lori Olson. Maureen Grubbs will be vacating her position.

The candidates for Weston County School District No. 1 School Trustees At-Large (four-year term/vote for no more than four) are Joe Corley, Dana Gordon, Robert "Dean" Johnson, Jimmy Lewis, and Melissa Stalder.

The candidates for the City of Newcastle Council Members At-Large (four-year term/vote for no more than three) are Linda Hunt (Incumbent), Steven R. Ladwig, Scottie Murray, and Donald Stevenson (Incumbent).

Other items on the ballot are the retaining of judges. Voters will be asked if they should retain Justice E. James Burke in an eight-year term as the Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Michael K. Davis in an eight-year term as Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Thomas W. Rumpke in a six-year term as the Judge of the District Court Sixth Judicial District, and Judge John R. Perry in a six-year term as the Judge of the District Court Sixth Judicial District.

In addition, voters will also be asked to vote 'for' or 'against' a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Governor of Wyoming to appoint nonresidents of the State of Wyoming to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. This proposed amendment goes on to state that no more than 20% of the UW Board of Trustees may be nonresidents.

The final bit of ballot business for Weston County voters will inquire as to if Weston County should continue to impose the 1% sales and use tax upon retail sales of tangible personal property, admissions, and services made within Weston County. Funds from this tax are used to raise general revenue.

It is your constitutional right and duty to vote for your elected officials, on a local level and on a national level. So get out there, voters of Weston County, and make your individual voices be heard.

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Original Publication Date: October 23, 2014



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