Former US Attorney Enters Wyoming Governor Race

CHEYENNE, (AP) - Former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead officially announced he's seeking the Wyoming Republican Party's nomination to run for governor. The 47-year-old Mead made campaign stops Friday in Gillette, Casper and Cheyenne.

He has run farming and ranching operations in Albany and Goshen counties since stepping down as U.S. attorney for
Wyoming in June 2007. Mead is the grandson to Clifford Hansen, the former Wyoming governor and U.S. senator who died in October. Mead's mother, Mary Mead, ran unsuccessfully for governor before her death in 1996 in a riding accident.

Mead says his background as a lawyer combined with his agricultural experience will serve him well as governor. He emphasizes he wants to protect Wyoming's interests from Washington interference.

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