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Closer look at Sublette voters

Posted: Monday, Nov 12th, 2012


SUBLETTE COUNTY – Sublette County can be proud of this number – 98.95.

That’s the percentage of registered voters in the county who showed up to vote or mailed in ballots for the Nov. 6 general election, according to the county clerk’s office.

The Sublette County Canvass Board – Republican Party chair Walt Bousman, Democratic Party’s Jacque Strike, county clerk Mary Lankford and deputy clerk Tracy Hoover – approved and made official the county’s voting results Thursday afternoon.

In the county’s eight precincts with 4,459 registered voters, 4,412 voted in this election for a 98.95 percent turnout. In 2010, the county had 3,514 voters turn out for the general election.



Contested seats

In embattled races, Jim Latta is the new county commissioner; incumbent Mark Pape and newcomers Liz Covill and Jennifer A. Hayward are Sublette County School District #1 (SCSD#1) trustees; Mandy Norris and Kristin Roork are new Rural Health Care District board members.

Republican candidate Latta won the contested commissioner race with 2,438 (55.26 percent) compared to “write-ins” of 1,216 (27.56), presumably for incumbent John Linn, and Democratic candidate Courtney Skinner garnered 598 votes (13.55).

Of three SCSD#1 incumbents, only Pape with 1,904 votes (58.28) was re-elected, with contender Kirk Hoover bringing 851 votes (26.05).

In the Rural East, Mike McFarland, who made no campaign appearances, brought 956 votes (29.26) and Covill (30.03) edged past him with 981 votes; Ana Cuprill gathered 825 votes for 25.25 percent.

In the Rural West, longtime trustee Jim Malkowski, who has served on numerous statewide education board committees, brought 1,125 votes (34.44), with Hayward at 1,660 votes (50.81).

The Rural Health Care District had two openings with five hopefuls who mainly advocated transparency and efficiency. Kristin Roork brought in 2,234 votes (25.32) and Many Norris, 1,704 (19.31) for the seats, with Brent Fowler at 955, Donni Toth at 709 and Shannon Cave with 456, as well as 32 write-ins.

For Wyoming Legislature seats, Republicans won across the board, with Sen. Stan Cooper bringing 3,235 votes in Sublette County to Wyoming Country Party’s John V. Love’s 325. Uncontested incumbent Sen. Dan Dockstader brought 364 votes; House District #20’s Albert Sommers gathered 3,467 and HD#22 candidate Marti Halverson, of Lincoln County won this county with 234 votes to Independent Bill Winney’s 175.



Simple choices

In SCSD#9, three seats were filled by the three candidates: Dr. David Burnett (848 votes), Mack Rawhouser (857) and Bill Tanner (824). The same occurred with the Big Piney Cemetery District – electing Lois Punteney, Ace Smith and Richard Tanner – and Upper Green River Cemetery District – Connie Binning, Betty Lou McLoughlin and Ron Wilson. David Pape, Chad Espenscheid and Brad Bousman remain as Natural Resource District supervisors.



Closer look

Precinct voting breakdowns from the Wyoming Secretary of State gives a deeper look into the politics at our local level.

While Winney didn’t capture Sublette County for HD#22, in Teton County he brought 993 votes to Halverson’s 614. In Halverson’s home Lincoln County, Winney she brought in 1,559 to Winney’s 759.



High stakes races

In the race for president of the United States, it was expected that Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would sweep – and they did. But it’s worth noting that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made their marks with 767 votes to the GOP’s 3,472. While the overall outcomes don’t change, that the numbers exist in these forms might give the Republican Party thought as to what a small county such as Sublette is seeking.

The Marbleton precincts had the lowest ratio of Democratic to Republican votes, totaling 108 to 999. Boulder had about 20 percent voting for the Democratic ticket, with 80 to 458, and Kendall Valley had about 20 percent (65) vote Democratic to 276 Republican. Daniel had about one in four voters pick the incumbents (48 to 210). In the Pinedale precincts, roughly one-third voted for the current presiding duo, 413 to 1,390. The heaviest weighted precinct for Obama/ Biden was Bondurant, with 51 voting that ticket compared to the GOP’s 139.

And while U.S. Sen. John Barrasso won his election bid here with 3,651 votes, Democratic candidate Tim Chesnut (who also never campaigned here) brought in 576 votes and Country Party’s Joel Otto 91, both gaining 667 votes in every Sublette precinct.

Likewise with U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, who won handily with 3,319 votes but had votes taken away in this county by Democrat Chris Henrichsen with 687 votes, Libertarian Richard Brubaker with 127, Constitutional Party’s Daniel Cummings with 64 and Country Party’s Don Wills with 61, for 839 voters countywide against her re-election.



For the complete article see the 11-13-2012 issue.

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