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By Karla Pomeroy

Five-way race for county commissioner seats

Filing period ends Friday


May 26, 2022

WORLAND — The filing period for federal, state, county and Worland races ends this Friday at 5 p.m. Filings as of Tuesday show a five-way race for the two county commission seats up for election.

County Commissioners Terry Wolf and Fred Frandson, both of Worland, both filed for re-election on the Republican ticket early. As reported last week Morgan Martinez of Worland was also an early filer. In the past week, joining those three candidates on the Republican ticket are Bryony Volin of Ten Sleep and Lynette Dooley Swing of Worland.

After nearly two weeks of filings there is still the initial three Republican candidates for Washakie County Sheriff.

Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness announced Thursday, May 12, that he will not be seeking a fifth term as sheriff of Washakie County.

Filing to replace Rakness is Washakie County Sheriff Deputy Austin Brookwell, Worland Police Department Sgt. Sean Duffy and WPD Sgt. Brad Horath.

All other county offices have just one candidate each at this time — County Assessor Nancy Quinn has filed for election to the position she was appointed to last year; Anthony Barton, deputy county attorney, has filed for the Republican nomination for the Washakie County and Prosecuting Attorney; Lily Rakness Parra, deputy clerk, has filed for the Republican nomination for the county clerk position; Doris Kern is seeking re-election as county treasurer and Christy Schneider is seeking to retain her position as clerk of district court, to which she was appointed last year.

No Democrats have filed for any county office. Filing continues through Friday.


There are six seats up for election on the Worland City Council this year.

There are two four-year seats up in Ward 1 with incumbents Barbara Brookwell and Adam Martinez filing to retain their seats. Brookwell was appointed and Martinez is seeking re-election after serving a two-year term.

There are no filings at this time for a two-year seat in Ward 1. This seat was held by Scott Schaeffer but Schaeffer announced earlier this month he has moved out of Ward 1, thus needed to vacate the seat.

There are no filings for the one four-year term in Ward 2. The seat is currently held by Christy Schneider.

There are two four-year terms in Ward 3 with Kreg Lombard filing for re-election as of press time. The other seat is currently held by Mike Neufer who has announced he plans to file for re-election.

Council seats are non-partisan so no party affiliation has to be declared.

During the primary election in August the top two vote-getters for each seat will advance to the general election.



For the state legislature Martha Lawley of Worland has filed for the House District 27 Republican nomination. Current representative Mike Greear announced he would not seek another term.

For House District 28, John R. Winter of Thermopolis has filed for re-election on the Republican ticket.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, according to information on the Secretary of State’s website, state legislator Anthony Bouchard of Cheyenne has filed for the Republican nomination.

Several others have announced but as of press time Bouchard is the only filing.

Four Republicans have filed for governor, Governor Mark Gordon of Buffalo, Brent Bien of Sheridan, Rex Rammell of Rock Springs and James Scott Quick of Douglas.

Worland resident Terry Livingston announced Monday that she will be filing for the Democratic nomination for governor. See related story.

Kristi Racines, incumbent, has filed for the Republican nomination for State Auditor. State Treasurer Curt Meier has filed for the Republican nomination as he seeks re-election. He is challenged for the GOP nomination by Bill Gallop of Cheyenne.

Three Republicans and one Democrat have filed for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican nominees are Megan Degenfelder of Laramie, Thomas Kelly of Sheridan and current superintendent Brian Schroeder of Cheyenne.

Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. of Lander has filed for the Democratic nomination.

After Secretary of State Ed Buchanan announced last week that he will not seek a second term, state legislators Chuck Gray of Casper, Dan Dockstader of Afton and Tara Nethercott of Cheyenne, filed for the Republican nomination.

Filing continues through Friday, May 27. Candidates for state and federal offices file with the Secretary of State’s office.

Council candidates file at city hall. County candidates file at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse.


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