This Voter Guide was prepared by the League of Women Voters of Laramie and has been a regular feature of the Laramie Boomerang for many years for both Wyoming Primary and General Elections. The League is a non-partisan political organization which neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.
Providing unbiased information to voters has been a mission of the LWV ever since its founding in 1920, as a spinoff from the successful Woman’s Suffrage drive to get the vote for women. With passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920, the National American Woman Suffrage organization voted to form the LWVUS if the amendment passed, with the goal of educating all the newly enfranchised voters.
The Boomerang will publish this Voter Guide in a special newspaper section on Sunday, August 8. The paper has agreed to allow advance copies to be posted at the Albany County Clerk’s office for absentee voters, and on the website <wyominglwv.org>.
For this Voter Guide, the candidates were all sent a questionnaire on June 22 at the address provided at the time they filed for office. If they gave an email, an identical questionnaire was sent electronically as well. Both stated a deadline of July 8. Those who had not responded by the deadline received phone calls (if they provided a phone number) and another email message, indicating that “no response” would appear next to their name in this guide if they did not respond at all.
There are 66 candidates whose names were certified to appear on the Albany County Primary Election ballot. Primary winners will advance to the General Election on Tuesday, November 4. Responses were received from all but 6 candidates.
Candidates who did not respond are named directly below the description of the office for each race, along with their place of residence in Wyoming. If no one is named, all candidates for that office responded.
In the pages that follow, all of the races have been grouped together, and candidates for the same office are listed alphabetically. There are several different Wyoming House of Representatives, Wyoming Senate, and Laramie City Council districts or wards. In those cases, the candidates for each specific district or ward are listed together, also in alphabetical order. Their political party is indicated by (D) for Democrat and (R) for Republican. All the seats on the Laramie City Council are non-partisan; no political affiliation is given for them.
The candidate’s own words are used in this Voter Guide with no editing by the LWV or the Boomerang, except to correct words obviously spelled wrong, and to cut up from the bottom if a response was over the word limit set. Three dots (…) indicate that a portion of a sentence was cut to conform to the word limit; four dots (….) indicate that a full sentence or more was left out for the same reason. Any grammar errors are strictly the candidate’s own.
The italicized preambles at the start of each of the 18 different races were researched and written by the LWV. It was the candidate’s own responsibility to provide the Boomerang with a photograph to accompany their statements.
The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19. Absentee balloting started on July 10 and is available to all currently registered voters. Call or visit the County Clerk’s Office in the Albany County Courthouse during regular business hours to request a ballot which may be completed on the spot or returned by mail. No ID is necessary if the voter is registered. Unregistered voters must wait until Primary Election day on August 19, and can register at their polling place and vote the same day, provided they have a valid government-issued ID card.
National and Statewide Offices
US House of Representatives
Wyoming House of Representatives
Wyoming Secretary of State
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction
Albany County Offices
Albany County Commissioners
Albany County Assessor
Albany County Attorney
Albany County Clerk
Albany County Clerk of District Court
Albany County Coroner
Albany County Sheriff
Albany County Treasurer
Laramie City Council