Gordon defeats Throne in gubernatorial race

State Treasurer Mark Gordon will be Wyoming’s next governor. File photo.

Tuesday was Election Day, and the race for Wyoming’s governor was no nail-biter. Minutes after the polls closed Tuesday evening, multiple outlets declared Mark Gordon the winner over Democrat Mary Throne.

Throne, a former house minority leader in the legislature, never gained traction across party lines. Her thinly-funded campaign built around rejecting Wyoming’s boom and bust cycle was no match for Gordon, who picked up 67 percent of the vote. In a state where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 4 to 1, the state treasurer had the inside track to the governor’s mansion the entire distance.

Gordon’s polished well-oiled campaign promised to stick with the brand of fiscal conservatism that saw the state through six years declining energy revenues. Gordon will succeed Matt Mead, also a Republican, who held the office for two terms.


Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Barrasso and Cheney win Congressional races

The Congressional races also offered no surprises. U.S. Senator John Barrasso swept aside Jackson Democrat Gary Trauner with 68 percent of the vote. Representative Liz Cheney also retained her seat with ease, garnering 62 percent of the vote statewide.



Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Republicans sweep statewide races

Republicans also swept the other statewide races, with Edward Buchanan elected as Secretary of State, Kristi Racines as State Auditor, and Curt Meier as State Treasurer. Jillian Balow will continue as Superintendent of Public Instruction without any Democrat challenging her.



Local race results

Looking at local races, Cali O’Hare has the results from the county-wide election and in Rawlins:

With results from other towns in Carbon County, where yesterday’s election will produce changes in leadership, here’s Emma Diercks:



Rawlins women share their stories of drug addiction and recovery

Since its formation in early 2017, the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children has brought in presenters each month to share information and education about addiction and its effect on local families. The Alliance is made up of social workers, law enforcement officers, as well as counselors, nurses and representatives from the county attorney’s office.

On Tuesday, the group listened to a presentation from its most important resource yet, a family that survived drug addiction. Cali O’Hare reports.



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