2018 Election Watch

Meet the Candidates

May 11, 2018

Park County Commissioners

Three of the five seats on the Park County Commission will be up for grabs Nov. 6 — seats currently held by commission chair Loren Grosskopf as well as commissioners Joe Tilden and Tim French.

Tilden has said he is planning on running for a third term while Grosskopf and French do not plan to run again.

Commissioners Grosskopf and French not seeking re-election



As of May 11, three local Republicans have announced runs for the board: Dossie Overfield of Cody, Lloyd Thiel of Clark and Heart Mountain resident Pat Stuart.

All five seats are currently held by Republicans, and in 2016 there were no Democratic candidates for the position. That could mean the candidates’ real test will come in the Aug. 21 primary, where the top three vote-getters from each party will advance to the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Summary of County Commissioners’ Duties:
The County Commissioners are the governing board of the county.  They manage the business concerns of the county. The Commissioners approve budgets for the various county departments and set salaries and policies.

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Wyoming Legislature

Mike Specht, chairman of the Park County Democratic Party, and Clark resident will face incumbent Republican Rep. David Northrup of Powell for House District #50. The district includes Crandell, Sunlight, Clark, Heart Mountain, East half of Cody, Ralston, and Wilwood

Northrup is a farmer and rancher who has served in the Legislature since 2013.

You can meet Specht in person on Tues May 15 at 6:00pm in the Grizzly Room of the Cody Library. He will discuss his reasons for running and then open it up for questions.

You can find a summary Northrup’s voting record and the bills he sponsored at Open States.

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Wyoming Governor

The 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018. Incumbent Republican Governor Matt Mead is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to a third consecutive term.

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US Senate Candidates

Senator John Barrasso is up for reelection this year and as of this writing, two businessmen have filed for the seat. Senate terms are six years

U.S. House Of Representatives:

Incumbent Liz Cheney has been in office since 2017. As of this writing, she has one opponent in the November election. U.S. Representative terms are for two years.

The state primaries are Aug. 21 and the general election is Nov. 6. Democrats and Republicans must file paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office by June 1 and independent candidates must file by Aug. 27.