(Lander, Wyo.) – Republican Secretary of State candidate Pete Illoway of Cheyenne is on the campaign trail and stopped into County10’s office for a brief chat. Illoway will be in the area the next few days and plans on making appearances in the Lander and Dubois July Fourth parades before heading over to Casper.
Illoway is a former member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, having served from 1998 to 2012. From 2002 to 2004 he was the majority whip. He is currently a member of the Wyoming Business Council. He says his experience and current connections with the legislature would make him effective in the job.
“It’s too important an office to allow someone with no experience to come in and play around for four years,” he said.
Illoway said his ambitions don’t run beyond the office of Secretary of State, unlike some who might use it as a stepping stone to the governor’s office. “It’s the nuts and bolts of state government,” he said of the Secretary of State office. He also noted that he is not an attorney like the others running for the seat: Ed Buchanan of Torrington, Ed Murray of Cheyenne, and Clark Stith of Rock Springs.
While in town, Illoway visited the construction of the Lander Community Center and praised it as an example of good ways to leverage multiple grants at once.