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By Hannah Romero
Editor 

Primary election results are in

 

August 18, 2022

Star photo by Hannah Romero

Mark Cowan and Island Richards smile as they look over the unofficial election results at the county courthouse Tuesday night. Cowan won the Republican race for county treasurer, while Richards was one of the top three who will take over as county commissioners.

Voters across Sweetwater County headed to the polls Tuesday to make their voices heard and play their part in deciding who will fill leadership positions. Now the Wyoming primary election is over and the unofficial results are in.

A total of 11,079 ballots were cast in Sweetwater County, with 9,807 Republicans voting and 1,056 Democrats voting. Over 2,600 ballots were either early vote or absentee, while 8,422 ballots were cast on election day.

While the primary election typically narrows down the field between Republicans and Democrats for the general election in November, this year's primary often simply narrowed down the field of Republicans, with many races having no Democratic candidates running. In these cases, the primary decided who will ultimately take over positions of leadership next year. Some of the positions decided by the primary include county commissioners, sheriff, county clerk, county assessor and clerk of the district court.

Two of the most contested races were for sheriff and the three open county commissioner positions. In the hotly-debated sheriff's race, current sheriff John Grossnickle beat former police chief Dwane Pacheco by over 4,000 votes. Out of the nine candidates for county commissioner, the three who will move forward to take the open seats are Robb Slaughter, Island Richards and Keaton West. Incumbents Roy Lloyd and Jeffrey Smith will not serve another term.

In several other county positions, incumbents saw victory over their opponents and will continue their duties, including County Clerk Cindy Lane, County Assessor Dave Divis and Clerk of the District Court Donnalee Bobak.

Green River will also likely continue under the mayorship of Pete Rust. One of the closest races in the primary was for Green River City Council Ward III, with unofficial results showing Gary Killpack beating Robert Ross by only six votes.

In one of the most discussed races state-wide and nation-wide, Harriet Hageman beat Liz Cheney for US Representative by 4,560 votes.

Wyoming's general election will be held Nov. 8.

Primary Election Unofficial Results

County:

County Commissioner, Republican

1. Robb Slaughter, 5,051

2. Island Richards, 4,494

3. Keaton West, 3,898

4. Roy Lloyd, 2,788

5. Chris Davis, 1,662

6. Jeffrey Smith, 1,222

7. Lester (Les) Mauch, 1,004

8. Jeff Ramaj, 765

9. Bill Formanek, 429

County Sheriff, Republican

1. John Grossnickle, 6,904

2. Dwane Pacheco, 2,456

County Clerk, Republican

1. Cindy Lane, 4,701

2. Anita Frey, 3,942

County Treasurer, Republican

1. Mark Cowan, 2,922

2. Tony Yerkovich, 2,767

3. Stephen Allen, 2,659

County Treasurer, Democratic

1. Joseph Barbuto, 896

County Assessor, Republican

1. Dave Divis, 5,722

2. Perri Rubeck, 2,812

Clerk of the District Court, Republican

1. Donnalee Bobak, 4,970

2. Annette Eychner, 3,547

County Attorney, Republican

1. Dan Erramouspe, 7,626

County Coroner, Democratic

1. Dale Majhanovich, 989

Green River:

Mayor

1. Pete Rust, 2,201

2. Mark Peterson, 959

City Council Ward I

1. Ronald Williams, 720

2. Jon Fernandez, 391

City Council Ward II

1. Michael Shutran, 604

City Council Ward III

1. Gary Killpack, 588

2. Robert Ross, 582

Federal:

US Representative, Republican

1. Harriet Hageman, 6,722

2. Liz Cheney, 2,162

3. Anthony Bouchard, 449

4. Denton Knapp, 176

5. Robyn Belinskey, 132

US Representative, Democratic

1. Lynnette Greybull, 477

2. Meghan R. Jensen, 297

3. Steve Helling, 144

State:

Governor, Republican

1. Mark Gordon, 5,749

2. Brent Bien, 2,300

3. Rex Rammell, 819

4. James Scott Quick, 349

Governor, Democratic

1. Theresa A. Livingston, 547

2. Rex Wilde, 366

Secretary of State, Republican

1. Chuck Grey, 4,274

2. Tara Nethercott, 2,964

3. Mark Armstrong, 1,176

4. Dan Dockstader, 260

State Auditor, Republican

1. Kristi Racines, 7,350

State Treasurer, Republican

1. Curt Meier, 4,985

2. Bill Gallop, 2,693

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican

1. Brian Schroeder, 2,809

2. Megan Degenfelder, 2,531

3. Thomas Kelly, 1,078

4. Jennifer Zerba, 965

5. Robert J. White III, 487

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Democratic

1. Sergio A. Maldonado, Sr., 867

State Senator, District 11, Republican

1. Larry Hicks, 569

State Senator, District 13, Republican

1. Stacy Jones, 2,561

2. Tom James, 1,212

State Senator, District 13, Democratic

1. Leesa Kuhlmann, 385

State Rep., House District 15, Republican

1. Donald Burkhart, 33

State Rep., House District 17, Republican

1. Joshua Thomas (J.T.) Larson, 1,322

State Rep., House District 17, Democratic

1. Chad Banks, 203

State Rep., House District 18, Republican

1. Scott Heiner, 743

State Rep., House District 39, Republican

1. Cody Wylie, 1,589

State Rep., House District 47, Republican

1. Robert 'Bob' Davis, 416

2. Clyde R. Johnson, 178

State Rep., House District 47, Democratic

1. Lee Ann Stephenson, 37

State Rep., House District 48, Republican

1. Clark Stith, 1,507

State Rep., House District 60, Republican

1. Tony Niemiec, 1,435

2. Jennifer James, 465

Rock Springs:

Mayor

1. Max Mickelson, 1,779

2. Matthew Jackman, 1,381

3. Wally Johnson, 939

4. Dave Radakovich, 697

5. Kathy Phelps, 568

City Council Ward I

1. Jeannie Demas, 870

City Council Ward II

1. David Thompson, 908

2. Thomas Allen, 867

City Council Ward III

1. Daniel Pedri, 685

2. Bradley Chrisman, 235

City Council Ward IV

1. Randy Hanson, 706

2. Eric Bingham, 368

 

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