Write-in candidates begin popping up for races in Lander and Dubois

CORRECTED: State statute does not dictate that mayoral candidates must reside in city limits for 1 year to quality. The City of Lander is looking into Higby’s qualifications.

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – As the election season starts to heat up locally, write-in candidates are beginning to pop up for municipal races in Lander and Dubois.

In order for a municipal write-in candidate to make the general election ballot, they must receive at least three write-in votes in the primary to qualify. They then have to accept the nomination and pay any filing costs. In municipal races the top two vote getters in the primary earn the opportunity to move forward to the general election.

Grant Miller, a retiree who has lived in Dubois for the last 14 years, has announced that he’s launching a write-in campaign for Mayor. “I strongly feel people ought to have a choice,” Miller said of why he’s running. He noted that incumbent Mayor Twila Blakeman does not currently have a challenger.

“I also feel there are a number of issues that have been ignored,” he said.

Melinda Cox of Lander is putting her name in the ring as a write-in for Lander City Council Ward 2. Cox, who directs Fremont County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, has lived in Lander for the last 15 years. She said she thinks Lander is in a good place right now and said she thinks her energy and expertise can continue to help Lander grow in a positive direction.

Cox is facing Ed Patik, who is currently unchallenged on the ballot.

A Lander area man, Kenneth Higby Sr., announced in an email to County10 that he would be running a write-in campaign for Lander. “It is time for change and to expand into the 21st century and bring jobs and industry to Lander so we can get out of this debt we are in,” he wrote. “We need a strong leader who will bring honesty and integrity back to Lander. I will do my best to stop Lander from going bankrupt and make sure we live within our means.”

The two candidates on the ballot for Lander Mayor are former mayor Del McOmie and City Councilman Dan Hahn.

In order for a municipal write-in candidate to make the general election ballot, they must receive at least three write-in votes in the primary to qualify. They then have to accept the nomination and pay any filing costs. In municipal races the top two vote getters in the primary earn the opportunity to move forward to the general election.