Wyoming Ballots Missing Women Candidates

Wyoming Ballots Missing Women Candidates

The Wyoming Women's Foundation has released new statistics regarding women's ambitions to run for public office, and data is starting to show female candidates are in short supply.

Rebekah Smith, program manager, said gender candidacy has never been recorded before.

What the foundation discovered is that approximately 30 percent of candidates statewide are women. With a total of 363 ladies on the ballot for this year's election, Smith said she was hoping for a bigger turnout.

The most popular offices women campaign for include school district or board of trustees positions, followed by city or town council. Smith said that can be explained away because there are more lower-level leadership positions open for candidacy. However, at the level of state legislature, the state of Wyoming lags behind the nation in womens' representation. 23.7 percent of state legislators in the U.S. are female, compared to only 14.4 percent of Wyoming's House and Senate.

Big Horn County had the greatest number of female candidates at 44. Sheridan County has 13 female candidates on the ballot.

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