EVANSTON — With the 2020 Primary Election in the rearview mirror, local candidates now look to November for support from Uinta County citizens. The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office has certified results from the Aug. 18 primary, and none of the local results changed, though one race required a recount.
House District 18 incumbent Thomas Crank, R-Kemmerer, was just five votes behind challenger Scott Hiener on Election Night, but a recount in three counties — Uinta, Lincoln and Sweetwater — only put more distance between the two candidates. In the end, Heiner squeaked out the win by 10 votes, beating Crank 940 to 930.
Many races were uncontested in the reddest of Wyoming counties, including some of the nonpartisan municipal races here. But voters had something to say about that, casting enough votes for seven people across five races to qualify for the General Election on Nov. 3. However, only four of those write-ins will pursue election.
Sheila McGuire, D-Evanston, who works for the Uinta County Herald as a reporter, earned 25 votes, the exact number needed to appear on the ballot for the Uinta County Commission, according to clerk Amanda Hutchinson. She will face Brent Hatch, R-Evanston, who won the Republican primary in August.
Vernon Condie received 26 write-in votes and will be on the ballot for Bear River Town Council. Condie will join primary winners Todd Jones and Lance Norris to fight for two seats on the council.
Bryan Ayres will challenge Mountain View Mayor Scott Dellinger, who ran unopposed in the primary. Ayres earned 54 write-in votes and accepted the nomination to compete in November. Also in Mountain View, Jenny Harvey received four write-in votes and will join incumbents Tori Carter and Gina Tims to vie for two seats on the Mountain View Town Council. Harvey received one vote more than the three needed to be on the November ballot.
The field is also set for local school board elections. In Evanston, seven people will vie for four seats in Uinta County School District No. 1. Candidates are incumbent Jami Brackin, Lori Gottfried, Esther Jensen, Chris Katzl, incumbent David B. Peterson, Dan Wheeler and Joel Wiedrich. Current board members Kay Fackrell and David Bennett are not running for re-election.
In Mountain View, five candidates will vie for four spots on the school board. Candidates include Charlotte Black, Chantel J. Collins, Laura Jorgensen, Aaron T. Rudy and Brian Tims.
Only three candidates filed to run for three spots in Lyman: Sherri Bluemel, E. Sue Dunn and Nathan T. Heaton.
Hutchinson said the primary election went well this year amid the current pandemic, though voting options might be a little different in November.
“Curbside voting in Evanston went pretty well actually,” she said. “I’m not certain I’ll do curbside the same way in the general because there are definitely some administrative challenges. The election judges that managed curbside voting in Evanston did an amazing job with a very tricky situation, and we really had no idea how many people would be interested in voting that way. It turns out quite a few wanted to vote that way.