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Sublette Examiner
Volume 2, Number 32 - November 7, 2002
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Decision 2002

by Cat Urbigkit

Dem top dog

While Republicans took control of both houses of congress in Tuesday's general election, Republicans crossed over in significant enough numbers in Wyoming to elect a Democratic governor. In a close race statewide, Democrat Dave Freudenthal beat out Republican Eli Bebout for the honor of serving as Wyoming's next governor.

Sublette County was one of 14 counties with the majority vote for Bebout, but Freudenthal's landslide in Laramie County left Bebout short about 5,000 votes and put Freudenthal over the top.

As most expected, incumbent Republicans Senator Mike Enzi and Barbara Cubin won their re-election campaigns, as did Secretary of State Joe Meyer and State Auditor Max Maxfield.

Republican Trent Blankenship handily beat Kathy Emmons for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Sublette County had a 75 percent voter turnout, with 2,693 votes cast of a total registered voter pool of 3,601.

Rogers booted

While Wyoming Supreme Court Justices Marilyn Kite and Barton Voigt will be retained, Ninth Judicial District Judge Terry Rogers was booted by a margin of only 300 votes. Rogers had a majority vote in Sublette County for retention (1,281 to 1,136), but Fremont and Teton county voters cast their ballots to oust him. The final unofficial vote was 10,707 against retention, with 10,416 to retain.

In contrast, Ninth Judicial District Judge Nancy Guthrie easily won the retention vote, with the support of 17,320 votes, compared to 3,212 against her retention.

Grassell, Marincic win

Pinedale's Lynn Grassell netted 987 votes, followed by Ken Marincic's 928, earning these two seats on the board of trustees of Sublette County School District No. 1.

Incumbent Lennie Campbell's third-place showing with 810 votes wasn't enough to keep him on the board. Jenna Meyer earned 305 votes as well.

Top votes for Krieger, Espenscheid

With 577 votes, incumbent trustee Bill Krieger was the top vote getter in the election for the board of trustees for Sublette County School District No. 9, followed by Nancy Espenscheid with 529 votes. These two will now serve four-year terms on the board.

Three other candidates were unsuccessful in their bids for the board: Darcy Turner with 369 votes, Jay Anderson with 303 votes and Rob Stone with 56 votes.

Incumbent commissioners

Incumbent county commissioner Betty Fear was the top vote getter of the three candidates for two seats on the commission, with 1,734 votes, followed by fellow incumbent Bill Cramer with 1,669 votes. Democratic challenger Susan Kramer had 980 votes, so Cramer and Fear will return to their commission seats for another four years.

Write-in falls short

Alan Ziegler's write-in campaign for Sublette County Sheriff fell short, although the Sublette County Clerk's office didn't release the write-in count before press time.

Incumbent Republican Sheriff Hank Ruland had 1,977 of the 2,693 votes cast in the election, so the most votes that Ziegler could have garnered was 716.

When it was apparent that Ruland had been re-elected, Ruland expressed his sincere gratitude to the voters and his staff.

Ruland said: "I worked hard for it. As far as I'm concerned, this race was won a long time ago because of the people who work in the sheriff's office. They make me what I am.

"It's a good bunch of people who do a good job," Ruland said. "Thanks to them, I got re-elected."

Olsen new legislator

House District 22 voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Republican Monte Olsen of Daniel. Olsen defeated Democrat Tony Gosar of Pinedale to represent the new legislative district.

Olsen had 2,464 votes (1,457 from Sublette County, 774 from Teton County and 233 from Lincoln County) compared to Gosar's 1,028 votes (454 from Sublette County, 495 from Teton County and 79 from Lincoln County).

Contacted election night when the final results came in, Olsen said was thankful to the voters.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to represent Sublette County - Sublette County as a whole," Olsen said.

He added that he looks forward to working with Representative Stan Cooper of Kemmerer whose district also includes a portion of Sublette County.

"I appreciate the opportunity to represent Sublette County, along with the rest of House District 22, a tri-county district," Olsen said.

Two amendments okayed

The unofficial results posted by the Secretary of State's Office indicate that two constitutional amendments were passed Tuesday, while the other two failed.

Amendment A appears to have passed. That amendment will allow a majority of the legislature to convene a special legislative session.

Amendment B appears to have passed as well. It will allow the legislative leaders of each house to call a special session to resolve a dispute or challenge to determine the presidential electors.

Amendments C and D failed. These amendments were in regard to the governor's line item veto authority and the presentation of proposed constitutional amendments.

For the unofficial general election results, broken down by precinct see this week's Examiner.

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