Thermopolis Independent Record - Your source for news in Hot Springs County

By Mark Dykes

Election races still on for some


August 30, 2018

Though the Primary Election decided a lot of races locally and statewide, some on the town and county level are still undecided.

Primary Election results show Mike Chimenti won the Mayor of Thermopolis race with 449, but because this is a nonpartisan race the top two candidates will move on to the General Election. That means incumbent Mike Mortimore, who received the next highest number of votes with 273, will be on the General Election ballot.

Similarly, the Thermopolis Town Council race is also nonpartisan. Because there are two seats available, the top four candidates move on to the General. Though incumbents John Dorman Sr. and Tony Larson received the most votes — Dorman with 584, Larson with 451 — candidates Krista Raymond, who received 339 votes, and John Fish, who received 284, will also be on the ballot for the General Election.

John Winter (R) and Howie Samelson (D) will face off in the General Election for the House District 28 Representative seat.

For the two open positions for Hot Springs County Commissioner, Tom Ryan (R), Jack Baird (R) and Sonja Becker (D) will appear on the General Election ballot.

Also in regard to the General Election, some have taken to campaign for write in votes and to get their name on the ballot.

Attorney Jill Logan filed paperwork, along with the required number of registered voter signatures, to have her name added to the General Election ballot for the Hot Springs County Attorney position. Current county attorney Jerry Williams will be her contender.

Dan Pebbles has publicly announced a write-in campaign for Hot Springs County Sheriff. He will be going up against Jerimie Kraushaar, winner of the Primary Election.

Additional information regarding any write-in campaigns will be announced as we receive them.

See next week's Independent Record for names of those who filed for county board vacancies.


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