Several write-in candidates in municipal races got enough votes to make it to the general election
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Canvas Board, made up of Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese and representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, met this afternoon to certify local primary election results.
The board acknowledged and corrected a couple manual vote input errors from outlying precincts, but none of the corrections changed any race outcomes.
All of the outcomes reported on Tuesday remain the same, but now they are official.
The board also reviewed write-in votes, and several municipal races could have additional candidates on the general election ballot. While numerous people received enough write-in votes to make the ballot, the individuals must accept the nomination and pay filing fees to get on the ballot.
Grant Miller announced prior to the primary election that he would be seeking a write-in campaign for Dubois Mayor. Miller officially received 42 write-in votes, which was over the required 3. Should he accept the nomination, he’ll face incumbent Twila Blakeman in the general election. She received 205 votes.
Michael Dabich of Hudson received 3 write-in votes for the mayoral slot. Should he accept, he’ll face Mike Anderson, who earned 98 votes on Tuesday.
In Lander City Council Ward 2, Melinda Cox received 30 write-in votes. She had previously announced her intention to seek a write-in nomination. Should she formally accept, she’ll face Ed Patik who received 399 votes on Tuesday.
In Lander City Council Ward 3, Mark Calhoun earned 5 write-ins. Should he accept, he’ll be on the ballot against incumbent City Council President Nancy Pieropan, who earned 554 votes.
Philip Lavoie of Riverton Ward 1 earned 6 write-in votes for the council seat. He’d face Kyle Larson, who earned 400 votes, should he accept the nomination.
A Kathryn Dewitt of Shoshoni also earned 6 write-in votes for a chance at slot on the Shoshoni Town Council.
There were not enough write-in candidates on the Republican or Democratic sides of county races to earn slots on the ballot in November.
Freese noted that several people in Dubois wrote-in “Daffy Duck” for Town Council. But since a cartoon character cannot hold office, he did not qualify for the fourth possible slot on the council.