Four Independent Candidates, Two Write-ins Make State Ballot

State Capitol Officials announced this week that two statewide independent candidates--Curt Gottshall of Laramie, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Don Wills of Pine Bluffs, candidate for Governor--have qualified to have their names appear on the General Election ballot.

Two independent candidates will also make it on the ballot for the State Legislature. Anthony “Edis” Allen of Casper qualified as an independent candidate for House District 37; and Clarence Vranish of Evanston successfully petitioned as an independent candidate for House District 49.

By August 25, all four candidates were required to submit a petition with signatures of registered electors that equaled at least 2 percent of ballots cast for their respective offices in the last election.

Independent candidates had until August 25 to submit their petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office for validation.

In addition, two write-in legislative candidates accepted nominations for office. To make it to the ballot, a write-in candidate had to receive at least 25 write-in votes.

Democrat Linda Fleming of Baggs and Republican Harlan Edmonds accepted the write-in nominations for House Districts 11 and 12, respectively.

The General Election candidate roster is posted on the Secretary of State’s website at

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