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By Hannah Romero
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Republicans sweep General Election, 1 % Specific Purpose Tax passes

 

November 10, 2022

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Peterson

Andrea Davis fills out a ballot to cast her votes during the General Election Tuesday in Green River.

The unofficial results for Wyoming's General Election are in, showing a "red wave" sweeping Sweetwater County, with Republicans winning all but one partisan position. The only position a Democrat won was County Coroner, with Incumbent Dale Majhanovich continuing his years of service in the position.

In federal and state races, Republicans often won by landslides. When facing candidates from other parties, most Republicans won by over 70% of the vote. Harriet Hageman won 70.7% of the vote to become Wyoming's US Representative, and Mark Gordon won by 74.07% of the vote to retain his gubernatorial position.

The only county races that still had to be decided were Sheriff and Treasurer. John Grossnickle beat his opponent Chris Sutton by over 6,000 votes to remain Sheriff. Mark Cowan beat out current Treasurer Joe Barbuto by over 4,000 votes.

In Green River, Mayor Pete Rust will continue his service. The closest race in Sweetwater County was for Green River City Council Ward III, with unofficial results showing Gary Killpack beating Robert Ross by 38 votes.

The 1% Specific Purpose Tax, which was the subject of much discussion leading up to the election, was passed by a fairly narrow margin, with 912 more voters expressing support for the tax than those who expressed their opposition to it. The tax will raise $83.5 million to be used on infrastructure projects throughout the county.

The other tax on the ballot, the County Lodging Tax, passed overwhelmingly, with over 7,000 more votes in favor than in opposition.

Of the two Wyoming Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, one passed and one failed. Amendment A, which would allow the funds of counties, cities and other political subdivisions to be invested in equities such as the stock of corporations, passed by over 1,000 votes. Amendment B, which would increase the mandatory retirement age of supreme court and district court judges from 70 to 75, failed by over 3,500 votes.

A total of 12,159 ballots were cast in Sweetwater County in the General Election - over 1,000 more ballots than were cast in the Primary Election in August.

The full unofficial results from the General Election can be found at the county's website, sweetwatercountywy.gov.

General Election unofficial results

Federal:

US Representative

1. Harriet Hageman (Republican), 8,360

2. Lynnette Greybull (Democrat), 2,555

3. Richard Brubaker (Libertarian), 493

4. Marissa Joy Selvig (Constitution), 225

Write-In Totals: 191

State:

Governor

1. Mark Gordon (Republican), 8,825

2. Theresa A. Livingston (Democrat), 1,871

3. Jared J. Baldes (Libertarian), 531

Write-In Totals: 688

Secretary of State

1. Chuck Gray (Republican), 9,701

State Auditor

1. Kristi Racines (Republican), 9,937

State Treasurer

1. Curt Meier (Republican), 9,863

Superintendent of Public Instruction

1. Megan Degenfelder (Republican), 8,715

2. Sergio A. Maldonado, Sr. (Democrat), 2,766

State Senator, District 11

1. Larry Hicks (Republican), 698

2. Michael Ray Williams (Constitution), 130

State Senator, District 13

1. Stacy Jones (Republican), 3,859

2. Leesa Kuhlmann (Democrat), 1,220

State Rep., House District 15

1. Donald Burkhart (Republican), 37

2. Patrick Gonzales (Libertarian), 2

State Rep., House District 17

1. Joshua Thomas (J.T.) Larson (Republican), 1,388

2. Chad Banks (Democrat), 895

State Rep., House District 18

1. Scott Heiner (Republican), 855

2. Dennis B. Laughlin (Libertarian), 319

State Rep., House District 39

1. Cody Wylie (Republican), 1,763

2. Marshall Burt (Libertarian), 586

State Rep., House District 47

1. Robert 'Bob' Davis (Republican), 687

2. Lee Ann Stephenson (Democrat), 131

State Rep., House District 48

1. Clark Stith (Republican), 1,529

2. Misty Morris (Libertarian), 743

State Rep., House District 60

1. Tony Niemiec (Republican), 2,178

County:

County Commissioner

(Top three proceed)

1. Robb Slaughter (Republican), 8,190

2. Island Richards (Republican), 7,132

3. Keaton D. West (Republican), 7,019

Coroner

1. Dale S. Majhanovich (Democrat), 9,717

Attorney

1. Dan Erramouspe (Republican), 10,066

Sheriff

1. John Grossnickle (Republican), 8,944

2. Chris Sutton (Independent), 2,860

Clerk

1. Cindy Lane (Republican), 9,653

Treasurer

1. Mark Cowan (Republican), 8,069

2. Joseph M. Barbuto (Democrat), 3,659

Assessor

1. Dave Divis (Republican), 10,260

Clerk of Court

1. Donnalee Bobak (Republican), 10,091

Green River:

Mayor

1. Pete Rust, 2,475

2. Mark Peterson, 1,061

City Council Ward I

1. Ronald L. Williams, 850

2. Jon Fernandez, 441

City Council Ward II

1. Michael S. Shutran, 715

City Council Ward III

1. Gary Killpack, 674

2. Robert Ross, 636

Rock Springs:

Mayor

1. Max Mickelson, 3,473

2. Matthew S. Jackman, 2,488

City Council Ward I

1. Jeannie Demas, 1,004

City Council Ward II

1. Thomas Allen, 1,030

2. David A. Thompson, 974

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City Council Ward III

1. Daniel J. Pedri, 773

2. Bradley Chrisman, 295

City Council Ward IV

1. Randy Hanson, 658

2. Eric Bingham, 568

Western Wyoming Community College:

At Large

1. Kenneth Lorimer, 4,692

2. Kasey Damori, 4,536

No. 1 Two Year Unexpired

1. Neil Kourbelas, 5,004

2. Michael D. Christensen, 4,598

No. 1

(Top two proceed)

1. Stephen P. Allen, 4,518

2. Veronica K. Donaldson, 4,194

3. Angela M. Thatcher, 3,901

4. Ron Wild, 2,827

No. 2

1. Jenissa Meredith, 3,410

2. Teresa Shafe, 2,979

3. Gil German, 2,601

Sweetwater County School Districts:

No. 1

(Top two proceed)

1. Danielle L. Schumacher, 3,224

2. Kari Cochran, 2,709

3. Cole Wright, 2,421

4. Dana Eddy, 2,002

No. 2

(Top three proceed)

1. Ashley Castillon, 2,658

2. Tom Wilson, 2,485

3. Daniel L. Flom, 1,335

4. Justin Sax, 1,158

Castle Rock Hospital District:

Board of Trustees

(Top three proceed)

1. Patsy A. Sorensen, 2,367

2. Daniel Stanton, 2,213

3. Sandee Gunter, 2,129

Constitutional Amendments:

Amendment A

For: 6,092

Against: 4,883

Amendment B

Against: 7,561

For: 3,950

Taxes:

County Lodging Tax

For: 9,386

Against: 2,263

Specific Purpose Tax

For: 6,326

Against: 5,414

 

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