meet the 2020 democratic candidates!

general election - november 3, 2020
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offices listed are U.S. senate through college boards of trustees.
for more candidates in your area, find your county in the dropdown below.

us senate

dr merav ben-david, us senate

Merav Ben-David is a climate scientist, a UW professor, hunter, veteran, and a Wyomingite through and through.

She is running for the US Senate because our current politicians don’t listen to data, facts, and science. The biggest threat to Wyoming’s working families right now is climate change: as the world transitions to renewable energy, more than 50 percent of Wyoming’s economy would crumble, leaving many Wyominites without access to jobs, healthcare, and education.

Rather than thinking of short-term solutions, Merav prioritizes forward-thinking proposals that are based on data projections of 5, 20, 50 years into the future. Merav’s holistic platform centers on three R’s:

Rescue: provide pandemic relief to Wyoming residents and small businesses to help Wyomingites keep their homes and feed their families.
Reimagine: broaden our vision for Wyoming beyond fossil fuels, and attract industries that bring stable, high paying jobs.
Rebuild: use FDR’s New Deal as a blueprint to get Wyoming and the country back to work and future-proof our economy while protecting the environment.

Scientists, at their core, are problem solvers. The problems we face today call for a bold vision, one informed by facts, one with a long term view, and one that a scientist like Merav is uniquely poised to lead.

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us house of representatives

lynnette grey bull, us house

We need to bring respect, dignity and understanding back into our political discourse. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We cannot go on with this divisive politics of destruction, of personal attacks and insults. I would like to work towards a societal and political realm, where we are working to close the cultural divide, and promote bipartite.

I am running for the Democratic Party nomination for US Congress, but I have demonstrated throughout my political career a willingness and ability to not only reach across the political aisle, but to work constructively with Republican colleagues. For example, recently I served as Chair of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs at the Governor's office and participated on the Arizona Governor"s Human Trafficking Task Force, both of these were with Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona, who is a Republican.

Likewise, I worked with Governor Gordon of Wyoming on his Executive Order to address the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis, and I serve on the Governor's Task Force that was established on the basis of that order. I've worked at the state-level, federal-level, in tribal government, and have also provided research and data to the United Nations.  Lastly, I have spent most of my career advocating for the under-served and the underrepresented -- this effort will continue.  

I aspire to focus on policies that actually benefit the working-class, because I come from the working-class.  Wyoming needs a strong voice; I promise to be that and honor my fellow Wyomingites.

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state senate (by district number)

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britney wallesch, sd 6 (cheyenne, laramie county)

james "jim" w. byrd, sd 8 (cheyenne, laramie county)

James was born and raised in Cheyenne, a 4th generation Wyomingite. He represented District 44 in Wyoming's House of Representatives from 2009-2018, a seat his mother, Harriett E. Byrd (Rhone) held from 1980 until her election to the Wyoming Senate in 1988.

James is a graduate of Cheyenne's Central High School and the University of Wyoming, and has served his community in numerous positions, including volunteering with Head Start, as a youth soccer, baseball, and football coach, the youth programs Learning with Legislators and We the People, planning the Cheyenne Juneteenth Celebration, and as Vice President and then Board Chair of the Southeast Wyoming Economic Development District.

James is a moderate Democrat with fiscally conservative positions, with the exception of education--he believes education is an investment in our future, and our youth need and deserve the best we can provide. He is pro small business, energy development, and offers his full support to the U.S. military and Wyoming Guard branches.
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jackie grimes, sd 10 (laramie, albany county)

It's important that our elected representatives understand the needs of our community. This requires meeting with constituents, listening, helping form consensus and then representing these positions in the legislature and working to get them enacted. I am running to represent the voices of every day Wyomingites.

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senator liisa anselmi-dalton, sd 12 (sweetwater county)

I am running for re-election because I have the experience, leadership and background that our state and county need in this time of uncertainty.  As a Rock Springs native, I am determined to continue to work hard to serve Sweetwater County and ensure that our portion of the state is not overlooked when funding is allocated.  With oil, gas and coal pressured by unrealistic and uncertain environmental requirements, I will work with local leaders to look for realistic ways to diversify our economy.  As a former member of both the State Tourism Board and our local Sweetwater County Tourism Board, I also recognize the lift and diversification tourism offers our state.

My priorities include protecting liberty and personal freedom, limiting unnecessary government regulation and spending, requiring transparency, supporting victims of domestic violence, promoting equality for all people in our state, and ensuring access for hunting, fishing and other recreational uses.


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theresa "terry" livingston, sd 20 (big horn/hot springs/washakie)

state house of representatives (by district number)

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marcie kindred, hd 8 (Cheyenne, laramie county)

While Marcie didn’t know politics was necessarily her next--or ever a-- stop in this glorious adventure called life, she simply has not been able to squash an intense need to give back to the place that has given her so much. Marcie has been an active member of the Cheyenne community, contributing her leadership skills, abundant energy and musical talents to theatre productions, choirs, youth programs, projects, and PTOs. In 2018 she became a licensed real estate agent and a proud member of the National Association of Realtors. She loves the people of this wind-swept prairie and looks forward to serving, preserving and improving our way of life for years to come.

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amy spieker, hd 11 (Cheyenne, laramie county)

As a public health professional, I know health is foundational to well being and our economy. My field grapples with complex problems from budgets, to housing, healthcare and equity.  My training and practice make me an expert convener, listener and organizer. With these skills, I bring our community together, identify problems and implement solutions. This type of inclusive problem solving is needed in the Wyoming Legislature right now.

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lee filer, hd 12 (Cheyenne, laramie county)

I'm running to bring reasonable representation back to House District 12. For representation you can count on please Vote Lee Filer this election.

rebecca fields, hd 41 (Cheyenne, laramie county)

Rebecca Fields was born and raised in a small town in Nebraska known as Blair. After the tragic event of September 11 shocked the world, Rebecca’s husband did the honorable duty and joined the military. Many will relate that being in the military with a family or being a military wife is not an easy task. With different deployments and little time on her hands, Rebecca worked her way through college eventually earning her Bachelor’s degree. As time progressed, her family eventually made it to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2014. While working full time, providing for her family, and having a husband with a Union career, Rebecca again worked her way through her Master’s degree in business administration. Rebecca is currently pursing her third degree and is currently working on her dissertation.  Please support Rebecca Fields for House District 41. Rebecca is the one person who can assist in helping the community and citizens of all categories of life.

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representative cathy connolly, hd 13 (albany county)

Representative Cathy Connolly has served in the Wyoming legislature since 2009, where she has pursued policies that enhance educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten through college, expand access to health care, and diversify economic opportunities for our residents. She has been a passionate voice for equality and justice for marginalized and disadvantaged communities throughout Wyoming.

In 2017, her fellow Democrats elected her to serve as their leader. In this role, she regularly meets with other members of leadership as well as Governor Mark Gordon to help craft bipartisan solutions to our most pressing problems. From this position, she allocates state resources to promote the interests and needs of our communities and families, our neighbors and friends. She currently is working to find solutions to our decreasing revenues and to address the public health and economic challenges of COVID-19.

Cathy has lived in the same home in House District 13 since 1992 when she accepted a faculty position at the University of Wyoming. She earned a law degree with honors in 1991 and a PhD in Sociology in 1992 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. At UW, she is a full professor in the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice. In 2009, she completed a leadership-training program in state and local government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Her son, Lucas, attended the UW Lab School, Laramie High School and graduated from Whiting Alternative High School. Lucas studied art and is now a comedian in NYC. Cathy enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing on the trails of Happy Jack, the Green Belt, and Washington Park, accompanied by her dog, (Mr. Thurgood) Marshall.

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trey sherwood, hd 14 (albany county)

I am a Leadership Wyoming graduate with 15 years of proven experience serving the Laramie community, supporting small businesses, and growing the economy. I am passionate and hard working. I believe listening, collaboration and empathy are key leadership skills. When elected, I will be an informed visionary working to build a resilient Wyoming.

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jacquelin wells, hd 15 (carbon county)

rep mike yin, hd 16 (teton county)

As a child of two immigrants, originally from Atlanta, I moved here for the natural beauty, but found something I didn't expect, the people and the welcoming community. Whether it's being in a show for Riot Act, making bowls on the pottery wheel at the Art Association or just taking a hike up Snow King, our small community has an enormous amount to offer, and I love being a part of it. By day, I'm a Software Engineer, and I've also been one of your START Board members for over a year. It's a community that I want to give back to and make stronger. It's one with values I want to build upon with all of Wyoming.

I want to make sure it can continue to be a place to raise a family, because I believe that’s the foundation of a sustainable community. That means building a stable economy in Wyoming and moving away from a boom and bust one. That means making sure that Wyoming can retain great people and families instead of the state population being in decline. That means ensuring that families can afford their homes, that kids have access to a free quality education across the state, including higher education, and that everyone in Wyoming feels safe, secure, and welcome in their communities.

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chad banks, hd 17 (sweetwater county)

A fifth generation Rock Springs resident, I am dedicated to our community and Wyoming.  I believe in leaving things better than I found them and apply that to every aspect of my life, be it a hiking trail or our community. In my current role as the manager of the Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street Program, I am a true community champion.  I work closely with small businesses and believe in their ability to transform Wyoming’s economy.

I am an unapologetic advocate for Rock Springs and want to take that passion to the state legislature.  I previously served on the Rock Springs City Council from 2003-2008 and again from 2011-2013. I have a B.S degree in marketing from the University of Wyoming.  I have three daughters, Katie (22), Grace (17) and Hadley (15) and I am engaged to be married this August.  My children hope to live and work in Wyoming so the mission to create a more vibrant and diverse Wyoming is personal for me.

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rep andy schwartz, hd 23 (teton county)

I’ve been fighting for our values in Cheyenne, and I’m proud of the results I’ve gotten for our community. While many of our goals are on hold for the moment, our values are the cornerstone of how we will provide support for our citizens, businesses, and local governments as we begin to chart our path for recovery.

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levi shinkle, hd 28 (big horn/hot springs)

I was born here in Thermopolis.  My mother was born here.  Her parents were born here and Gebo.  My maternal great grandparents arrived in Thermopolis in the 1930s.   My paternal great great grandfather settled in Wyoming in 1902. His son, my great grandfather, raised 15 kids in the state.  They raised families in Wyoming, those families raised and are raising families here. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents all raised families in this community.   My parents raised a family here, and now I’m building my life here.  Wyoming, and Thermopolis in particular, run deep in my family. I’ve been incredibly luck to be able to stay in Thermopolis and I want that opportunity for other who want to stay close to where they grew up.  The success and longevity are important to me and that’s why I’m running for House District 28.

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lynn huskinson, hd 32 (campbell county)

For 39 years I worked in the Powder River Basin. The company I worked for was dishonest. They had started sifting money out of employees paychecks. I was one of the 33 employees out of approximately 600 that filed a wage claim. I could not return to work for a management team and vulture capitalists' who steal from their employees and the community.

I stood up for the rights of my coworkers when I was a coal miner, always looking out for their safety. I was a senior equipment operator, and I felt it was my responsibility. Now, I want to look out for my community with honesty and empathy as we enter times of both uncertainty and possibility.

Respecting different perspectives will solve problems in our community and our state. I'm ready to listen to the people, and I promise to have an open mind regardless of our differences.

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rep andi clifford, hd 33 (fremont county & wind river reservation)

It has been my honor to represent you in the legislature these past two years,and I’d like to take a moment to share some of what I’ve done—and hope to continue to do—as your representative.

As a member of the Elections and Political Subdivisions Committees, I succeeded in finally adding tribal IDs as a valid form of identification to register to vote.

I helped advance and pass legislation bringing together law enforcement and state agencies to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons crisis. I have worked with non-profit Bring Our Troops Home to prove how state-level engagement can help end the 18-year war in Afghanistan and ensure our troops aren’t entering future wars without just cause and a clear plan to bring an end to the conflict.

I will continue to support legislation in the areas of education, youth initiatives, equality, Veteran's issues and economic diversity, specifically job creation.

As your representative, I have learned much about not only the legislature, but your lives and concerns. The town halls and meet-and-greets I’ve held and attended have given me the opportunity to hear from you, to understand the things that are important to the people of my district, and to carry those concerns with me to Cheyenne.

I hope that on (or before) November 3rd, you will cast your vote for me to continue to represent you and all the people of HD 33. I invite you to learn more about me by visiting me on Facebook and of course to reach out if you would like to get involved.

Thank you for trusting me as your representative, and for your support going forward.

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rep stan blake, hd 39 (sweetwater county)

Representative Blake has served the people of HD 39 since 2007 and currently sits on the Agriculture, Select Water, Select Tribal Committee . He is also a member of the International Association of Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union- Transportation Division and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. At home Representative Blake is a conductor, he is the father of four with 15 grandchildren and enjoys time with his spouse, Terri June.

rep sara burlingame, hd 44 (cheyenne, laramie county)

Sara believes in the power of Wyoming voters. She believes that we are stronger when we work together and that today’s problems require a bold new vision to get Wyoming back to a prosperous future.

Sara is the Executive Director at Wyoming Equality and the Representative for House District 44. She has a background in faith organizing that centers on racial and socio-economic justice. She is on the board of Arts Cheyenne, and a member of the Cheyenne Police Advisory Committee.  Sara is proud to identify as a scrappy trailer park kid who made good. She lives with her husband, Jason Thomas, and their two darling barbarian children, Atticus and Emerson, in South Cheyenne.

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karlee provenza, hd 45 (laramie, albany county)

Karlee is an expert in criminal justice and the American legal system. She will complete her Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming this summer, where her research focus has been on police use of force and jury decision-making. Karlee has applied her research to advocating for our community as the Executive Director of Albany County for Proper Policing - a grassroots organization that has successfully proposed and implemented policy solutions that ensure transparency, accountability, and community oversight of law enforcement and local officials. Karlee continues to bring these unique skills in her coalition building and will bring needed perspectives to the state legislature, as she is also the product of a working-class family that understands intimately the struggles that many families in Wyoming are facing – lack of healthcare access, economic instability, and the need for real change for real people, not corporations.

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tim chestnut, hd 46 (laramie, albany county)

kevin wilson, hd 54 (fremont county)

Service to others has been the guiding principle of Kevin’s professional career.
Kevin served in the U.S. Navy on a nuclear submarine, earning the rank of Fire Control Technician Second Class and a host of awards and commendations.

After the Navy, Kevin completed his BA in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of North Georgia, a BA in Environmental Studies from Rollins College, and became a Registered Nurse through the Central Wyoming College Nursing Program.

Since moving to Wyoming, Kevin has worked for NOLS, the U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Conservation Corps, the Wyoming Department of Health, and SageWest Health Care. Kevin has also worked to register voters and engage local citizens in the political process. Kevin, his wife Molly, dog Vinnie, and cat Esther are proud to call Lander home.

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jane ifland, hd 57 (casper, natrona county)

Jane is running for the state House in District 57 to help make sure state government is doing all it can to help you build a good future for yourself and your family.and then representing these positions in the legislature and working to get them enacted.

mike gilmore, hd 59 (casper, natrona county)

I will carry your message to Cheyenne. Wyoming needs a representative that will get the ball rolling for prosperity. Our state is facing many challenges right now. You deserve a representative that will fight for the issues that most directly impact you.

lindsey travis, hd 60 (green river, sweetwater county)

I am running for office to help ensure a bright future for my community and state. I am an advocate for strong educational funding, services for seniors, support for small businesses, affordable and accessible health care, and equality for all. I believe the best way to create a vibrant future in our state is to have a wide variety of voices at the table when making decisions.

I have a background of leadership, public service and advocacy. I am currently an assistant director at the Sweetwater County Library System where I work with people across the county, collaborating on projects and advocating for lifelong love of reading and learning. Prior to working at the library I worked for NOWCAP Services advocating for people with disabilities. I also had a 12-year journalism career. I have spent my career thinking differently and brainstorming new ideas and procedures to help organizations power through tough times. As your Wyoming House District 60 legislator, I will use those same skills to push for policies that prioritize people and steer our state towards a future in which all Wyomingites can thrive.

I am looking for a future in which my kids, and the kids of other Wyomingites, see Wyoming as a place they want to stay and raise their own families. Wyoming is facing tough times, and we need leaders who are willing to work hard, to work together, to listen and make changes that will allow Wyoming to be prosperous for generations to come. I am the candidate who will do just that.

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county commissioners

sue ibarra, albany county board of commissioners

Sue Ibarra is running for Albany County Commissioner because, like many of you voters, she is concerned with poor decisions made by the majority of our current commissioners - specifically, their unwillingness to protect our drinking water, their disinterest in public opinion, and their disregard for science and professionals. She would like to see more transparency and accountability in county law enforcement.

Sue is a Wyoming native and proud UW graduate. She has a demonstrated record of service in Albany County, including Chair of Albany County School District Board of Education, President of the Laramie Swim Club Board and Children's Museum Board, and as a board member of the Albany County SAFE Project, the Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic, and the Downtown Clinic. As an active community member, Sue has served many years as a Spanish interpreter between clients and medical staff for the Downtown Clinic, Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic, Albany Community Health Clinic, Public Health, and IMH. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels fo over 15 years, helping homebound seniors.

In these difficult times, Sue thinks that respect and civility matter more than ever. As a county commissioner, she will work with other officials to maintain county services as we face revenue cuts. She will always advocate for sound stewardship of our drinking water and will welcome and respect public input.

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polly hinds, fremont county board of commissioners

I have had the good fortune to have lived one-third of my life in Fremont County at Sweetwater Station.
After earning a BA degree in American History, I became an entrepreneur in the service and retail industries. I have spent my entire adult life as a successful self-employed small business person. I take a great deal of pride in saying I am living an “up by the bootstraps”  American Dream.

Right now, Wyoming and Fremont County, most especially, will have to pick itself up and dust itself off and move into the 3rd decade of this century with creativity, flexibility, and innovation. I would like to be on the front line of the fight to maintain and build upon all the qualities we care about in our lives and our communities.  

It is time to begin again. Time to start the hard climb.

I am running for the office of County Commissioner to be part of the solution. I would appreciate your vote for Fremont County Commissioner!

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TERRY WINGERTER, NATRONA COUNTY COMMISSIONER

I have had the good fortune to have lived one-third of my life in Fremont County at Sweetwater Station.
After earning a BA degree in American History, I became an entrepreneur in the service and retail industries. I have spent my entire adult life as a successful self-employed small business person. I take a great deal of pride in saying I am living an “up by the bootstraps”  American Dream.

Right now, Wyoming and Fremont County, most especially, will have to pick itself up and dust itself off and move into the 3rd decade of this century with creativity, flexibility, and innovation. I would like to be on the front line of the fight to maintain and build upon all the qualities we care about in our lives and our communities.  

It is time to begin again. Time to start the hard climb.

I am running for the office of County Commissioner to be part of the solution. I would appreciate your vote for Fremont County Commissioner!

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joe m barbuto, sweetwater COUNTY COMMISSIONER

A fifth-generation native of Sweetwater County, Joe M Barbuto has spent most of his life in Rock Springs.

​From 2008 to 2013, Joe represented House District 48 in the State Legislature, where he also served as House Minority Caucus Chair. Other public service includes current membership on the Library Foundation Board and as a former member of the Sweetwater County Library Board of Directors, the Rock Springs Historical Museum Board, and as a volunteer for several other community and state organizations.  

Professionally, Joe is a consultant/contractor working with clients on strategic planning, organization development, needs assessments, and communication. His other professional experience includes work in the non-profit sector focusing on organizational and leadership development.

Along with his wife Erin and their dogs, Chapter and Molly, Joe has a passion for the public lands of Sweetwater County and fills several days and hours exploring the desert, fishing, and finding historic homestead sites. When not spending time outdoors, he enjoys making music with other local musicians.

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dave gray, sweetwater COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Dave is a conservative Democrat who believes strongly in the US Constitution, Wyoming Constitution and the amendments to the constitution.

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jeff dockter, laramie county board of commissioners

natalia macker, teton county board of commissioners

gregory w. epstein, teton county board of commissioners

sheila mcguire, uinta county board of commissioners

school boards

jenefer pasqua, laramie county community college board of trustees

Jenefer has taught kindergarten through eighth grades and currently teaches Special Education students at Central High School in Cheyenne. Jenefer has served on the Wyoming Department of Education Committee for Science Standards, as the President of the Cheyenne Teachers Education Association, as a LCSD#1 District Trained Mentor, and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She has received the KGWN Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching.

Jenefer earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Wyoming, a Masters of Teaching Degree from City University of Seattle, and a Masters of Science Degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. She is currently working on graduate coursework that will allow her to teach Concurrent Enrollment courses in both Political Science and English. Jenefer and her husband Jason have been married for 18 years and their son, Beckett, attends sixth grade in Cheyenne.

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WENDY SOTO, LARAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

LIZ BATTON, CASPER COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ERNIE OVER, CENTRAL WYOMING COLLEGE TRUSTEE

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