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By David Martin

Rep. Freeman wins 3rd term


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Rep. John Freeman from a candidate forum in October. Freeman won another term in the Wyoming House of Representatives in Tuesday's election.

At the end of a tough race to represent House District 60, Democrat John Freeman earned his third term in the Wyoming House of Representatives last night.

Freeman faced stiff competition from Republican challenger Bill Hooley and won the race with 1,518 votes to Hooley's 1,229 votes, according to unofficial results from the Sweetwater County Clerk's Office.

Freeman noted his victory with a little humor on his Facebook campaign page, talking about some of the impacts the election has had on him.

"It appears that I have won re-election," Freeman wrote. "I have also lost 10 pounds and wore out a pair of shoes."

Freeman also mentioned how he appreciated how clean the race was for both candidates, noting that Hooley called and congratulated him after his apparent win. Hooley also posted a short congratulation to Freeman on the Bill J. Hooley campaign page.

House District 18

Unofficial results from Lincoln, Sublette and Sweetwater counties show Kemmerer resident and Republican Fred Baldwin defeating Democrat Michele Irwin for the House District 18 seat.

In Sweetwater County, Baldwin received 807 votes while Irwin received 360.

Throughout the district, Baldwin received 2,297 votes while Irwin had 719.

"I knew going in that I had an uphill battle, but really thought that qualifications, hard work and personal conversations would be enough to overcome some of the obstacles," Irwin wrote on her Facebook campaign page.

Uncontested Races

A few of the races for Wyoming Legislature house and senate districts were uncontested. Stan Blake, a Democrat serving in House District 39 and John Hastert, a Democrat representing Senate District 13, both were re-elected to their positions. Jerry Paxton, a Republican in House District 47, also was uncontested.

House District 48

A very heated campaign between Democrat Joe Barbuto and incumbent Republican Mark Baker ended in Baker's victory. Barbuto, who was ousted by Baker two years ago, received 1,122 votes, but was defeated by a 27-vote margin.

House District 17

Democrats scored a victory in House District 17 with JoAnn Dayton's victory over incumbent Republican Steven Watt. According to unofficial results, Watt received 900 votes and Dayton received 1,224 votes.


Senate District 11

Republican Larry Hicks won re-election in this district that encompasses portions of Sweetwater, Carbon and Albany Counties.

Hicks defeated his challenger, democrat Linda Fleming, after receiving 3, 167 votes to Fleming's 1,872 votes, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State's website.


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